GOP Senators Sound Battle Cry Over Budget Cuts | Politics
Three Republican senators visited the Las Vegas valley with a message about looming military budget cuts.
Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire toured Nellis Air Force Base Monday. The group then held a town hall meeting at the College of Southern Nevada in North Las Vegas focusing on sequestration.
Sequestration is a slate of automatic federal cuts that will take effect if Congress does not reach a balanced budget in the next few months. Under the plan, $110 billion in cuts will kick in January 2, and half of would come from defense spending. At this point, no military bases have been targeted for cuts, should they happen.
According to the senators, Nevada would lose 4,200 jobs if sequestration went into place. They also told the crowd the state would see an economic loss of about $680 million.
Senator Graham took it a step further, referring to escalating tensions with Iran and the possibility of more military action in the Middle East.
"Now you are talking about, while the war is still going on, and another one on the verge of coming about, of actually gutting the military,” Sen. Graham said.
The senators urged members of both parties to fix the debt problem, but not at the expense of the military.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report)