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Federal employees protest 'devastating' sequestration cuts

Federal employees from Anniston and Huntsville protested the impact of federal budget cuts through sequestration. Source: Alan Collins Federal employees from Anniston and Huntsville protested the impact of federal budget cuts through sequestration. Source: Alan Collins
The employees protested in front of the Social Security building in downtown Birmingham. Source: Alan Collins The employees protested in front of the Social Security building in downtown Birmingham. Source: Alan Collins
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Today about 60 federal employees took to the streets of Birmingham to protest the impact of federal budget cuts through sequestration.

The employees from Anniston and Huntsville staged their protests at the Social Security Building in downtown Birmingham at noon. The workers included two women who will lose their jobs at the Anniston Army Depot.

"It's heart breaking. It's heartbreaking when you have been there nine years. You don't know where to go from here, especially at my age," Pamela Calhoun said.

"My reaction is angry and I don't know what I will do next. I have a few things planned but I don't know where to go," Olivia Beavers said.

The group from Anniston said the depot will be hit hard by sequestration.

"Devastating. It's like a nightmare, devastating. Three-hundred seventy jobs right off the bat is what we are going to lose. That is devastating to our community," Shrene Funderburg said.

Those who came from the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville said the budget cuts will be felt throughout the community.

"The greatest impact at Redstone is a 20 percent cut which in my opinion will have a domino effect on every eliminate of spending," Abner Merriweather said.

Those who don't lose their jobs expect their wallets will be cut. A Birmingham federal employees said taxpayers can expect to be inconvenienced as well.

"A lot of the social security offices are not going to be open as as they would normally be," Anthony Young said.

The federal workers are hoping lawmakers in Washington, D.C. will be able for find common ground and an answer, but it may not be soon enough to save some of their jobs.

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