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McCain, Republicans coming to Tampa to talk sequestration



Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Kelly Ayotte will be in Tampa Monday highlighting looming defense cuts as part of Congress' agreement last year to address the credit rating crisis.

Republicans and Democrats agreed to automatic defense cuts -- along with automatic cuts to a host of other programs -- as part of a stop-gap measure if Congress failed to reach consensus on a way to reduce government spending. The automatic cuts -- called sequestration -- were generally considered meaningless because they impacted programs both Democrats and Republicans have vowed to protect, and because neither Republicans or Democrats would let them come to pass.

But here we are....

Here's the release from McCain:

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) today announced the launch of their “Preserving America’s Strength” series of town hall-style meetings in Florida, North Carolina, Virginia and New Hampshire highlighting the devastating impacts of the looming defense cuts now scheduled to take place under budget sequestration next year.

The three senators, all members of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, will discuss how the cuts will weaken American national security, put one million jobs at risk, and break faith with the men and women of our Armed Forces and their families. The Department of Defense has already agreed to reduce defense spending by nearly $500 billion over ten years. The additional military spending cuts called for under sequestration would add another $500 billion on top of that figure.

“President Obama’s own Secretary of Defense called the looming defense cuts under budget sequestration ‘devastating,’ likening them to ‘shooting ourselves in the head,’ and yet to date, Congress and the Obama Administration have done nothing to stop them from going into effect,” said Senators McCain, Graham and Ayotte. “We look forward to visiting communities in Florida, North Carolina, Virginia and New Hampshire to sound the alarm about the profound negative consequences of these cuts to our national security and economy. These communities – which provide our troops the equipment and support they need to defend our country – will bear the brunt of the defense sequestration cuts. Their voices must be heard in Washington.”

Monday, July 30, 2012


WHO:             Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)

WHAT:          Town Hall Meeting highlighting impact of looming defense cuts 

                       Media Availability following event

WHEN:          Monday, July 30, 2012, 9:00 a.m. ET

                        Press set-up time, 8:30 a.m. ET

WHERE:       Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation

                        124 South Franklin Street

                        Tampa, FL 33602

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 2:42pm]


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