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Posted: Monday, January 28, 2013 10:56 pm | Updated: 8:08 pm, Thu Feb 14, 2013.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAAY) - The possibility of furloughs for civilian employees and ending the rocket development program at NASA are causing some concern for many in our area.

Across-the-board spending cuts could be coming down from the Department of Defense if sequestration isn't avoided by the March 1 deadline.

The D.O.D. submitted a recommendation to Congress to furlough it's civilian employees and President Obama could be cutting rocket development at NASA. That would mean big economic impacts for Huntsville and the surrounding area.

Republican Congressman Mo Brooks says steps are being taken to avoid this scenario.

"We have passed legislation to either avoid sequestration altogether or, in the alternative, temper it's effects by spreading out the cuts, greater than they're now being spread out," said Brooks.

The Congressman says if sequestration isn't avoided, it could mean roughly 38,000 lost jobs in Alabama, alone.

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