Those cuts could have a big impact on the Quad Cities economy. If a deal isn't struck in Washington, Rock Island Arsenal employees would have to take a furlough day a week.
That mean they're loosing about 20 percent of their pay, and that could have a trickle down affect on the local economy.
"When each of us would take any kind of a pay cut, if something like this would happen you make adjustments to your lifestyle and that's going to hurt all of the Quad Cities," Former Arsenal Commander Alan Kruse said.
Former Arsenal Commander Alan Kruse said layoffs wouldn't happen right away, but that could change over time.
"Since there isn't going to be money spent to buy new equipment and new a material which is what the Joint Manufacturing Technology Center on the Arsenal manufactures that there would be a slow down on work load," Kruse said.
And not only could possible cuts impact the health of our economy, but also our nation's security.
"All of the Department of Defense is not being allowed to make smart cuts.....They're maybe being forced too cut somewhere that they shouldn't and eventually does that imperial the U.S.? Well it'll depend," he said.
Colonel Kruse served in the Army for more than two decades. He said the Armed Forces went through something similar in the 80s, but nothing like this.
"This is a bit scarier because there are a lot of contingencies that are in there," he said.
When we asked how confident Colonel Kruse is that Washington will agree on a plan, he said he isn't very hopeful.
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