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GOP senators decry defense cuts in Fayetteville visit

Posted July 30, 2012

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— A trio of Republican senators visited Fayetteville Monday to make the case for protecting military spending from more than $1 trillion in budget cuts that will slash both domestic and defense programs.

Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Lindsay Graham of South Carolina and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, all members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, pushed people to press their congressional representatives for a resolution to the so-called sequestration cuts.

The 10-year, $1 trillion cuts to domestic and military programs will automatically take affect in January unless Congress acts to avoid them. The automatic cuts were intended to pressure a bipartisan congressional supercommittee to create a plan to cut the national deficit last year, but lawmakers failed to do so.

"It's not too complicated, my friends. Let's have the members of Congress and the president of the United States sit down together and work this out," McCain said. "(We need to) avert this terrible calamity that, I think, could impact our national defense for years."

Sen. John McCain Senators push for resolution to mandated federal cuts

A U.S. Senate committee report states that North Carolina would lose health screenings, education, senior nutrition, veteran's services and employment help worth more than $100 million if the sequestration cuts occur.

"You would be devastated," Graham told an audience at Fayetteville Technical Community College. "It would be like every major employer in my home state closing down at one time or cutting their business in half."

The three senators also plan to make stops in Florida, Virginia and New Hampshire. Like North Carolina, all three are considered battleground states in the November presidential election.

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  • gunny462 Jul 31, 2012

    "You never addressed "mon accounts" points but instead resorted to this mindless rhetoric as a defense. Plenty Coup"

    Actually he did and then had to 'defend himself against vitriolic attacks such as yours.

  • gunny462 Jul 31, 2012

    "I would like to know why we are spending 1.3 Trillion a year on defense.forecastthepast2"

    So you have the chance to type comments. Why didn't you ask why obama is spending 2.5 trillion this year?

  • gunny462 Jul 31, 2012

    "You're the one in the dark as we can all see from what I posted below. The funny thing is that BRAC is about the only thing worthwhile that came out of Bush's criminal rein"

    Uhhh and just one little word placed you in the dark and I really HATE to point it out but the word is "the".

    "The Congress established "THE" 2005 BRAC Commission to ensure the integrity of the base closure and realignment process.

    http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/facility/brac.htm

    "The Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process had its origins in the 1960s. Understanding that the Department of Defense (DOD) had to reduce its base structure that had been created during World War II and the Korean War, President John F. Kennedy directed Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara to develop and implement an extensive base realignment and closure program to adjust to the realities of the 1960s"

    Hence DECADES

  • Funky Sneakers Jul 31, 2012

    I would like to know why we are spending 1.3 Trillion a year on defense.

  • fayncmike Jul 31, 2012

    "Please get your facts straight BRACS are going and have been for decades. To blame Bush is amazing unless it comes from a progress
    gunny462"

    You're the one in the dark as we can all see from what I posted below. The funny thing is that BRAC is about the only thing worthwhile that came out of Bush's criminal rein.

    "The Congress established the 2005 BRAC Commission to ensure the integrity of the base closure and realignment process. As directed by law, the Commission will provide an objective, non-partisan, and independent review and analysis of the list of military installation recommendations issued by the Department of Defense (DoD) on May 13, 2005." (http://www.brac.gov/)

  • Plenty Coups Jul 31, 2012

    diabledveteran-"I do! Please feel free to come knock on my door and ask for my guns!"

    You never addressed "mon accounts" points but instead resorted to this mindless rhetoric as a defense.

  • gunny462 Jul 31, 2012

    "This is rich considering its the GOP's inablility to compromise tyhanks to the Tea Party that is going to cause the budget cuts to begin with"

    Actually due to the real party of "NO", the democrats, no agreement was reached just like the dems can't and won't propose a budget mandated BY LAW, but that's besides the point.. riight?.

  • gunny462 Jul 31, 2012

    "The military has just gone through a huge reorganization. which began it's planning stage in two thousand five That was three years before President Obama was elected. The reorganization is known as, "Base Realignment and Closure."

    Please get your facts straight BRACS are going and have been for decades. To blame Bush is amazing unless it comes from a progress

  • piene2 Jul 31, 2012

    "I do! Please feel free to come knock on my door and ask for my guns! You and all YOUR sheep! I have a way of life and would like to keep it and not have my rights infringed upon. But you go ahead and keep defending Obama! Don't worry, I'll defend your rights for you when I have to! Disabled Veteran"

    The very last thing on the face of the Earth I would want is one such as you defending my "rights" or for that matter, interacting with me or mine in any way at all.

  • piene2 Jul 31, 2012

    "These cuts will shut Fayetteville down. 40% of the local economy is tied to Fort Bragg, and the cuts will turn this area into a wasteland. Fayetteville is close enough to Raleigh that the cuts will certainly be seen in the Raleigh area as well.
    Gunny the Racist"

    I guess some posters do not care what nonsense they post as long as they can tie it into President Obama in some weird way. The military has just gone through a huge reorganization. which began it's planning stage in two thousand five That was three years before President Obama was elected. The reorganization is known as, "Base Realignment and Closure." At that time forces were planned to concentrate at Fort Bragg and the base was rated as viable for approximately ninety years. Bragg will be here long after all of us are gone.

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