Three Republican senators were in Florida on Monday, making the case for protecting military spending from more than $1-trillion in budget cuts that will slash both domestic and defense programs.
Senators John McCain of Arizona, Lindsay Graham of South Carolina, and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire visited Tampa Monday morning.
If Congress does not strike a budget deal this year, automatic cuts will kick in next year. The cuts will include a half-trillion dollars in defense spending over the next 10 years.
The cuts were agreed to last summer by congressional Republican leaders and President Barack Obama. Congress is scrambling to come up with a way to avoid automatic cuts in domestic and military programs of $1-trillion over a decade.
If automatic spending cuts kick in, the administration has not said which bases (if any) may close.
But the senators warned that MacDill is in the firing line.
"MacDill Air Force Base is toast if this goes through," Senator Graham said. "The infrastructure around these two commands will be destroyed."
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