WASHINGTON, D.C.--We are learning that even if a deal is reached and finalized on keeping from falling off the "Fiscal Cliff", 11,000 Mississippi defense jobs may still be on the chopping block. That information comes from FOX News reported Peter Doocy in Washington, who says he got a call from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) Sunday.
"His phone rang during dinner Saturday night," said Doocy. "It was Defense Sec. Leon Panetta calling to say that he's been told the bill to avoid the 'Fiscal Cliff' will not include anything to avoid sequestration."
Mississippi's Washington lawmakers have been stressing how the Magnolia State will be affected if sequestration happens. It could mean the loss of 11,000 jobs. That means military personnel and those who are employed as defense contractors and even civilians who work with the military. That means cities like Meridian, Biloxi and Columbus, and their surrounding communities, could be hit hardest.
Doocy said Panetta is getting was pen ready.
"On Tuesday, Sec. Panetta will need to write 800,000 lay-off notices."
Sequestration is the result of the failure of last year's bi-partisan Congressional "Supercommittee's" failure to come up with a solution to the nation's growing debt crisis, which has the country $16 trillion in the red and is now putting taxpayers on the line with possible tax hikes and job cuts.
The president has said that he believes sequestration could be off set by raising taxes on the rich, part of what he and other Democrats see as a solution to the "Fiscal Cliff".
Republicans do not want to see any taxes raised and believe the solution lies in huge spending cuts.
The difference has had both sides at a stalemate for weeks. The deadline in Jan. 1, 2013.