House member: Sequester forcing major Air Force base to work in the dark

"The lights were out because the Senate and the President have failed to take up the issue of sequestration," Turner said on the floor. "Sequestration is having a devastating effect on the readiness and the morale of our service members and civilian workforce.

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"Imagine going to work, and the President feels that you are so insignificant that you don't even deserve to have the lights on," he added. "It's time for the President to come to the table with a solution to this issue before our military is irreparably impacted."

The Columbus Dispatch has reported that the base has canceled travel, cut training and equipment supplies, and cut back hours at fitness centers and recreation programs. Turning off the lights and air conditioning is also something the base has done to cope with the sequester.

"Air Force personnel and civilian employees are working in buildings with lights turned off in hallways and air conditioning shut down," the Dispatch reported.

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