Sen. Cardin: Sequestration of the government will end, but no budget deal likely by Oct.

Sen. Cardin: Sequestration of the government will end, but no budget deal likely by Oct.

Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) believes that what members of Congress hear from their constituents during the August recess will convince them to hammer out a budget deal, but not before the next fiscal year starts October 1. Senator Cardin expressed his views recently to Government Executive after a town hall meeting with civilian Defense Department employees at Fort Meade.

Cardin told the publication he expects lawmakers are hearing about the problems caused by sequestration – not just personal stories, but mission interference problems. But with Congress scheduled to be in session only nine days before October 1, agreement by then is unlikely, he says.

Fort Meade is Marylands largest employer with 56,700 staff, nearly half of those civilians. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has said if sequestration continues into fiscal 2014, civilians will face layoffs.

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