Jones talks budget, Iraq in visit to Havelock


U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones, right, and Hugh Overholt, retired U.S. Army major general, are greeted by Joyce Mitchell, left, from the office of Sen. Kay Hagan, during the Federal Update Luncheon sponsored by the Havelock Chamber of Commerce on Thursday at the Havelock Tourist and Event Center.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 06:24 PM.

U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones told Havelock business and community leaders Thursday that next year would be a “crossroads” for America.

Jones, the Republican third district congressman, addressed about 70 people in a non-campaign stop at the annual Federal Update Luncheon hosted by the Havelock Chamber of Commerce at the Havelock Tourist and Event Center.

Jones touched on topics ranging from budget sequestration to overseas spending in Afghanistan and Iraq.

“I think 2015 is going to be a crossroads year for your country, and I think 2015 will be much worse than 2014,” Jones said.

The 10-term congressman said whether he was re-elected in the fall or not, the first thing Congress would grapple with in 2015 is the budget and the automatic spending cuts of sequestration that he said have had big impacts at Cherry Point and military installations across the country.

“I think there will be an effort to have another debate on whether sequestration should be in place or whether sequestration should be repealed,” Jones said, adding that he did not vote for it.

Sequestration caused furloughs for employees at the Fleet Readiness Center East aircraft repair facility and others at Cherry Point in 2013. This year, the base rebounded by catching up on work that could not be completed in 2013.

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