OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe says more than 26,000 civilian workers at Oklahoma's five military installations could face furloughs under potential defense budget cuts as part of President Barack Obama's sequestration agreement with Congress.
Inhofe said Wednesday the sequestration cuts would reduce the nation's military "readiness and modernization" and have a devastating impact on local economies.
Inhofe is currently the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee and wrote a letter this week to committee Chairman Sen. Carl Levin requesting an open hearing for defense officials to outline the impacts of sequestration.
Oklahoma has five major military installations: Fort Sill Army Post near Lawton, Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, Altus Air Force Base, Vance Air Force Base in Enid, and the U.S. Army Ammunition Plant at McAlester.
(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)