(CNN) – Republicans are calling on President Obama and the Democratic-controlled Senate to act before sequestration takes place at the beginning of next year, saying cuts to the military are "not the way to address America's fiscal challenges."
In the Republican weekly address, Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi begins by explaining how, after the failure of the budget "super-committee" in November of last year to come up with a solution to face the nation's rising debt, the resulting automatic, across-the-board cuts, largely affecting the military with $487 billion in defense cuts, were set in place.
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Wicker warns that under sequestration, which was put in place as an incentive for the "super-committee" to find a solution to the looming debt crisis, the Army would receive less training before deployment to the Middle East, Marine Corp troops levels would be cut, Navy fleets dropped and the Air Force would lose maintenance funds.
"The stakes are unmistakably high. Crippling defense cuts are just around the corner, and we have an obligation to make tough decisions on how to avoid sequestration and balance the budget long term," said Wicker in the address.
The senator continues: "Some defense manufacturers have already begun the process of issuing legally required layoff warning notices to shareholders and employees. According to multiple forecasts, up to 1 million jobs are at risk. One report estimates that my home state of Mississippi alone could lose more than 11,000 jobs."
Wicker says that despite repeated attempts by Republicans to reach an agreement, the White House has been unresponsive.
"With the administration having kept its plans hidden from public view, Congress overwhelmingly passed the Sequestration Transparency Act, requiring the Obama administration to submit a report to Congress on the impact that sequestration will have. This bill will shine light on the president's plans," said Wicker.
The president signed the Sequestration Transparency Act earlier this week, which will require his administration to detail within 30 days of signing the bill the required $1.2 trillion in cuts to domestic and defense programs if Congress doesn't agree to a deficit-reduction plan by January 2 of next year. This timeframe means Obama will need to report the effects to Congress by Labor Day weekend, also the beginning of the Democratic National Convention.
Wicker points to the Republican-controlled House and Republicans in the Senate who have passed legislation to postpone the cuts and calls for leadership from the president to come to a bipartisan agreement to avoid sequestration.
The White House in turn has called on Congress to pass a balanced deficit reduction plan to avoid sequestration.
CNN White House Producer Alexander Mooney contributed to this report