Columbus expert weighs in after President signs budget deal

Columbus expert weighs in after President signs budget deal

FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) - On Monday, President Barack Obama signed a bipartisan budget deal at the White House that lands just $5 billion shy of the president's 2016 defense budget request.

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 is $607 billion, down from the president's $612 billion request.

The two-year agreement will fund the government through March 2017, according to the Associated Press. The deal will also lift spending limits through September 2017.

The deal also cuts military spending and downsized the Army from 500,000 to 450,000.

The "stop sequestration" campaign is a push to stop the Department of Defense's plan to cut thousands of military jobs. Gary Jones with the Columbus Chamber of Commerce says the budget deal has not changed their game plan for Fort Benning.

"End result is what we had hoped for occurred," Jones said. "Not everyone is happy but for those that are focused on defense installations, we are very happy we've been able to accomplish what we wanted to accomplish, and that was to get a budget established for defense, and it's just about $7 billion less than what had hoped to be."

This affects some 3,400 soldiers at Fort Benning.

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