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Fort Benning is less than a month away from major cuts in its civilian workforce. Furloughs are expected as a result of sequestration.

Those affected by the situation seem to have the sympathetic ear of members of Congress.

Starting July 8, more than 4,000 workers will be furloughed as the Army tries to save close to $2 million.

Georgia Congressman Jack Kingston says the cutbacks are painful for all involved, but they are also necessary.

"Well, my heart goes out to anybody who is being furloughed, and I worry about the military taking a disproportionate share of the sequestration," says Kingston. "However, in this time when we are borrowing 42 cents for every dollar that we spend, we do have to reduce the budget."

Kingston is one of three Georgia congressmen hoping to move to the US Senate. They will be running for the seat held by Saxby Chambliss, who is retiring next year.

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