Washington, D.C. - In a little over two weeks the government will shut down unless Congress can strike a deal on the budget.
Right now, a plan is on the hill to cut $85 billion, half of which comes from defense. If that happens, it would be a big blow to Rockford as many area manufacturers rely on defense contracts for business.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-16th) concedes defense cuts are inevitable, but hopes the president will let the military decide where it wants to cut. "He's got to stop running for a re-election he's already won" says Kinzinger. "It's time to be president, to lead. At the end of a presidency, if you haven't ticked off your own party yet you haven't done a good job. Hopefully, over the next four years we'll get something done."
The senate is debating the latest budget proposal. It passed the house last week.