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McCain speaks to stop defense budget cuts in southern Nevada

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NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV (FOX5) -

Speaking to a half-full auditorium on the College of Southern Nevada's Cheyenne Campus, Republican Sen. John McCain Monday afternoon addressed his issues with defense budget cuts which will take effect in 2013.

"We are here in Nevada to talk about the impacts of so-called sequestration," McCain told those gathered.

"Sequestration" is an additional $500 billion cut in military spending that McCain hopes to stop with the backing of U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham and Kelly Ayotte.

"There are going to be layoff notices that are sent out to people in the private sector," Ayotte told reporters after the town hall meeting.

According to the three senators, sequestration cuts would cost Nevada more than 4,000 jobs and about $679 million. It will also leave America with the smallest Army since 1940, the smallest Navy since 1915, and it would shrink the Air Force to its smallest numbers ever.

"Nellis Air Force Base's future is very dismal if this happens," Graham told reporters.

Their solution is to have the president and both sides of the aisle sit down to reduce the cuts, but not completely eliminate them.

"We want to enact reductions that would take place for a period of four months which would then give Congress the chance to negotiate an end to these draconian effects," McCain said.

But non-partisan political action committee VoteVets.org feels these cuts can be avoided a different way than these senators are suggesting.

"The reason there's going to be defense cuts is because Sen. McCain and Sen. Graham care so much about the top 2 percent of this country, who are actually in a lower tax bracket than half the military. They don't want to even talk about raising their taxes," said Jon Soltz, chairman of VoteVets.org.

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