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Senators sound defense budget alarm in North Vegas

Senators sound defense budget alarm in North Vegas

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Aug 14, 2012

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Three Republican senators sounding the alarm about looming military budget cuts told an audience in North Las Vegas there won't be Social Security without national security.

Sen. John McCain of Arizona, South Carolina's Lindsey Graham and New Hampshire's Kelly Ayotte continued a multi-state tour discussing sequestration Monday at the College of Southern Nevada.

Sequestration is a slate of automatic cuts that will take effect if Congress doesn't reach a budget solution in the next few months. About $110 billion in cuts are set to kick in Jan. 2, and half would come from defense.

The trio called for a four-month delay in sequestration, saying the U.S. needs to maintain a military people are afraid to fight.

Graham said he's open to raising revenue, but stopped short of supporting higher taxes.

Joyce Lupiani

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Joyce Lupiani is the managing editor for PositivelyLV.com and contributes to KTNV.com and NowTrending.com.