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Sequestration Frustration

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More than a dozen people stood near the gate to Minot Air Force Base this morning, protesting pay cuts related to sequestration.

The group was organized by the American Federation of Government Employees.

Protesters say close to 500 civilians working on the base have been forced to take a 20% pay cut as part of military budget trimming blamed on the sequester.

The sequester is language suggested by the Obama administration and inserted into legislation in 2011 as a way to force budget cuts if Democrats and Republicans in Congress would not agree to other cuts.

The automatic sequester cuts of about 85 billion dollars started hitting the local base last month.

Protesters held up signs and acknowledged honks from the drivers of a steady stream of cars and trucks heading north on Highway 83 - many of whom would be going to the Minot Air Force Base for a day's work.

The protesters say it's not right that they are forced to take off one day per week because the politicians in Washington could not come up with a budget.

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