Local leaders echo Sen. Graham's concern over defense-budget cuts

When U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham visited the Lowcountry in May to warn drastic defense-budget cuts would threaten the nation's defenses and Beaufort County's three military bases, few local leaders thought the issue would still be of concern come Election Day. However, Congress' decision to adjourn early and return for a lame-duck session after the Nov. 6 election has local leaders thinking budget sequestration -- and not a proposed reconvening of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission -- poses the most immediate threat to the three installations.

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