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SC GOP leaders: Budget cuts could be devastating

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) -

South Carolina Republicans say impending across-the-board federal spending cuts will devastate the state's military bases.

Gov. Nikki Haley said Wednesday the cuts would mean a loss of 14,000 jobs in South Carolina. U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham said the military cuts would make the United States vulnerable to enemy attacks.

The Budget Control Act calls for $1.2 trillion in automatic cuts in domestic and military spending over the next 10 years. The cuts are referred to as "sequestration." They're due to start in January because a special panel couldn't reach a deficit reduction deal last summer.

Graham has warned that a prime target would be the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, which is supposed to be based at the Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort and Shaw Air Force Base outside Sumter.

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