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Norm Dicks Optimistic Over Sequestration Deal Odds

Rep. Norm Dicks

The top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee believes Congress will find a way to avoid the sequestration cuts scheduled to start in January because of potential consequences of the cuts, the Seattle Times reports.

Norm Dicks, ranked 10th in seniority for the full chamber, said he believes Congress should approve more spending for areas such as infrastructure after it returns to session Tuesday.

He said those projects could include water and sewer projects, according to Rob Hotakainen‘s report.

Regarding the effects of sequestration on his state, Dicks said the cuts would halt some military construction projects in Washington and all contracts would have to be renegotiated.

Boeing‘s plan to build refueling tankers for the military would also be affected, he said, according to the report.

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