Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan is expressing concern about the deep defense cuts that are scheduled to take place in January.
In a letter to defense industry officials, Hagan said the proposed defense cuts – part of a process known as “sequestration'' -- is the wrong approach to deficit reduction.
“Let me be clear that while sequestration was put into place as a drastic option intended to spur more thoughtful action,” Hagan wrote, “I believe it is clearly the wrong instrument to use for deficit reduction.''
“The cuts it would mandate are indiscriminant and unprioritized. They do not account for the needs of our troops currently serving in harm's way or prepare our military to defend our country against future threats.''
“The consequences are amplified in North Carolina given our large military footprint and the economic importance of the defense contracting industry to our local economies,” she wrote.
Hagan made the comments in response to a letter sent by 30 North Carolina defense industry companies. Last week, three Republican Senators, lead by John McCain of Arizona visited Fayetteville, to warn about the consequences of the cuts.