GOP senators in NC to talk up defense spending

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A trio of Republican senators is in North Carolina making the case for protecting military spending from more than $1 trillion in budget cuts that will slash both domestic and defense programs.

Sens. John McCain of Arizona, South Carolina's Lindsay Graham and New Hampshire's Kelly Ayotte visit Fayetteville on Monday. They're also in Florida and Virginia to decry the effect of military spending cuts.

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.

A U.S. Senate committee report says North Carolina will lose health screenings, education, senior nutrition, veteran's services and employment help worth more than $100 million.

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