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The Pentagon's budget chief says effects of the cuts will be felt nationwide he says the biggest potential losses will be in California Texas Georgia.
National security correspondent Jennifer Griffin on what that could mean for one Virginia community.
Hampton roads is like so many communities in Virginia.
-- entire economy centers around the military in this case the US navy with eight days left before the budget cuts -- sequestered take effect.
The residents of Hampton roads near naval station Norfolk are worried about their contracts with the military.
It's not like turn on a -- it don't turn on turn it off you know this canceled these things -- months or years in the planning stage so that they are canceled.
You know they don't come right back you know so that's that's pretty alarming.
Tom Taylor runs a small ship repair yard that is already -- navy business dry up.
He like many small business owners in Virginia and also California.
Will be directly impacted by the slowdown in defense spending 17%.
Of Virginia's defense cuts will come from Hampton roads.
I want a no win them on the gonna get my get laid off -- -- -- if you -- those people who are living paycheck to paycheck in America.
You have no secondary plan.
It could be devastated when I went -- this in California where we took huge.
And it decimated if the economy in Sacramento the Pentagon warned congress this week that it will have to furlough half of its 800000 civilian employees.
Over the next few months.
And today the deputy Defense Secretary warned by the end of the year two thirds of all army units will not be ready to fight other wars.
Local Virginia congressman Bobby Scott wants congress to cancel the sequester.
Our nation is facing a serious self inflicted crisis.
They could cause our economy and millions of jobs across the nation and hundreds of thousands of jobs.
Here in Virginia -- in -- swain are retired pentagon civilian employees who retire to the Hampton roads area.
The military supports -- either indirectly or directly.
-- -- -- our lifeline at the Pentagon Jennifer Griffin Fox News.
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