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VOA常速英语新闻:美国防部面临大幅度预算削减(双语)

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即将实施的自动减赤政策将使国防部陷入艰难时期,目前其早期迹象已经显现,五角大楼本月宣布将不再向波斯湾派遣哈利S杜鲁门号航空母舰。
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Among the early signs of tough times that sequester will bring: the Pentagon this month announced will not deploy the aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman to the Persian Gulf.
即将实施的自动减赤政策将使国防部陷入艰难时期,目前其早期迹象已经显现,五角大楼本月宣布将不再向波斯湾派遣哈利S杜鲁门号航空母舰。

The timing for the massive cuts is bad. A change of leadership at the Pentagon is under way and departing Secretary Leon Panetta leaves no doubt his successor will be walking into a budget mess.
大规模削减开支的时机很不好,五角大楼目前正在经历领导层变动,国防部长莱昂·帕内塔即将离任,毫无疑问其继任者将面临预算困境。

"If these cuts happen, there will be serious disruption in defense programs and a sharp decline in our military readiness. We have already begun an all-out effort to plan for how to operate under such a scenario, but it's also very clear that there are no good options," Panetta said.
“如果实施削减,国防项目将遭受严重影响,军队的应对能力也会严重削弱。我们已全力计划如何度过时艰,但显然我们别无良策。”

Troop training and maintenance of aircraft and ships would be delayed or suspended. The defense department faces the deepest cuts: $46 billion in the next seven months alone. Panetta says the damage will be far-reaching.
军队培训、航空母舰和船只的维护将要延迟或暂停,国防部面临着最严峻的削减,单未来数月就要削减460亿美元。帕内塔称其影响将是深远的。

“We will furlough as many as 800,000 DOD civilians around the country for up to 22 days," Panetta said. "They could face a 20 percent cut in their salary. You don’t think that’s going to impact on our economy?
“我们将让全国范围内国防部80万文职人员放假,时长最多22天。他们的工资也要削减20%,难道这不会影响到经济吗?”

词汇解释

1.sequester vt. 使隔绝;使隐退;没收,扣押

Everything he owned was sequestered.
他的所有财产都被扣押了。

2.all-out effort 竭尽全力

Mr. Obama is making an all-out effort to regain the upper hand.
奥巴马总统正在尽最大努力,争取在医疗改革的问题上重新占上风。

3.far-reaching adj. 深远的;广泛的;伸至远处的

Such an earthshaking change must have far-reaching effects.
像这样翻天覆地的变化一定会产生深远的影响。

4.furlough vt. 准假;暂时解雇

The factories have begun furloughing hundreds of workers.
这些工厂已经开始让数百名工人暂时下岗。
 

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