The $500-billion-cut to military spending that is supposed to start in January won’t happen, Colorado’s Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Udall said on Friday.
Asked point-blank sequestration could become a reality, and whether tens of thousands of Colorado Springs jobs could be lost, Udall said simply, “No.”
Udall continued, “I just know, because calm heads are going to prevail. We’ll come up with a way to hopefully, in a short term way, postpone sequestration til we put a grand bargain in place.
“I want to be clear — that doesn’t mean we’re not going to go right to the edge of the fiscal cliff and look over it,” Udall said. “We may be placing a few pitons or a few anchors and preparing the ropes to rappel off the cliff, but we’re going to have a safeguard. We’re going to have a safety system as we come off that cliff.
“That’s my prediction. That’s what I’m working to accomplish. And that’s job one, two, three, four, five when we get back to Washington.”