As a part of a two-day statewide base tour, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham visited the Columbia Chamber today (May 30, 2012) for a press conference warning of the severe negative impact the looming budget sequestration will have on our national security.
Graham was joined by Congressman Joe Wilson of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee, and meet with local media before holding a roundtable discussion with local military and community leaders. Graham spoke on how the budget will affect the men and women serving our nation in uniform, and South Carolina’s defense infrastructure.
After the luncheon, Graham traveled to Fort Jackson for meetings with the Army base’s leadership. Leading military officials including Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta have warned that sequestration will decimate our Armed Forces. He noted that if the military sustained $1 trillion in cuts over the next decade, “we would have the smallest ground forces since 1940, the smallest number of ships since 1915, and the smallest Air Force in history.”
Graham’s statewide tour includes stops in Greenville, Beaufort, Charleston, Sumter and Eastover as he continues to raise awareness of the devastating effects these cuts will have on our national security and economy. The stop here in Columbia was hosted by the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce.
Check out more photos from the event here.