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.