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McCain addresses Raytheon employees on military budget cuts

McCain addresses Raytheon employees on military budget cuts

CREATED Aug 20, 2012

Reporter: Kevin Keen
Web Producer: Rikki Mitchell

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Military spending cuts would mean lost jobs and money in Arizona and in Tucson. That's the message Senator John McCain shared with hundreds of Raytheon Missile Systems employees Monday afternoon.

Senator McCain told an auditorium filled with staff that unless Congress acts in the coming months, the U.S. military will see massive budget cuts and places like Tucson would feel it. 

McCain spoke to more than 400 employees about defense spending cuts that are set to go into effect in January. They would slash military spending by about $55 billion, according to the Associated Press. That's a direct result of the congressional "supercommittee" last year failing to agree on other ways to cut the budget.

McCain's concerned this will weaken our military and put jobs of people at contractors like Raytheon at risk.

The president of Raytheon told KGUN9 the company does not know enough about the upcoming cuts to know if there would be layoffs here in Tucson. But he and Senator McCain said it is a real concern.