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McDonnell Warns of Looming Sequestration Cuts

Virginia governor, local contractor say cuts to defense spending would be devastating to the local economy.

Hours after President Barack Obama’s campaign stop at George Mason University on Friday, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell hosted a press conference call that took to task the president’s handling of massive, looming defense cuts.

If Congress doesn’t make key budget decisions by the end of the year, $1.2 trillion in cuts to defense and other spending will kick in automatically.

McDonnell, who was joined on the call by U.S. Rep. Randy Forbes (R-4th) and Ashburn defense contractor Joe Travez, who repeatedly said the cuts would be “devastating,” especially in Virginia.

Approximately 200,000 Virginians would be at risk of losing their jobs if sequestration is implemented in January 2013, and McDonnell said that can’t happen.

Virginia is home to about 350,000 members of the military and about 830,000 veterans, McDonnell said. That doesn't include those who work in the defense contracting industry. 

Half of the cuts will come from the defense budget. The other half will come from various domestic programs.

McDonnell acknowledged that cuts were necessary to solve the national debt, but said the proposed mix of programs to cut was wrong. Without a change of administration, Virginia would be in trouble, he said.

“These cuts would be devastating to the military and incredibly harmful to Virginia’s economy,” he said.

Travez worried what sequestration would mean for him and his 130 employees at PPI, his defense contracting business in Ashburn.

“America’s national security and the future of the defense contracting industry as we know it is in jeopardy,” Travez said.

See also:

Northern Virginia's Top Contractors: Cuts Would be 'Devastating'

Bob Bruhns October 08, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Certainly nobody wanted us to think about these upcoming cuts, while our so-called 'leaders' agreed to spend money that we don't have, for an overpriced Silver Line Metro extension to Loudoun County. January 2013 is going to be a real eye-opener, people - and things do not get easier after that, they get harder.
Groovis Maximus October 09, 2012 at 05:30 PM
The legislation specifies that sequestration applies to every account in the Federal government except for certain "exempt" accounts (mostly entitlements such as Medicare). The DoD has no "exempt" accounts. The Executive branch (the part that the President actually controls) has no ability to make DoD exempt - they're merely administering the law passed by the House and Senate. The finger-pointing by McDonnell is ridiculous - especially since the Republicans in Congress WANT huge cuts in government. This is what happens. Someone's ox always gets gored. Congress needs to get back to town and get the problem fixed.

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