Monday, August 20, 2012

Virginia Senate Race 2012 - #4143 - George Allen Goes on Offense in Senate Race in Northern Virginia (2) Kaine Gets An Earful from Defense Contractors - Fairfax News

In the battle for the hotly contested Virginia’s US Senate seat, former senator George Allen today went on the offense in Northern Virginia. These defense cuts need to be stopped,” Allen said at the VFW Hall in Dale City, Virginia. Allen was speaking about sequestration, the looming drastic automatic cuts in defense that the nation, and specifically Virginia, will face at the start of the year. Part of a deal negotiated by Congress last summer to avoid defaulting on the nation’s debt, a drastic $500 billion in defense cuts, among other federal spending cuts, will be made in January of 2013 if Congress does not figure out an alternative. Allen’s message today was tailored to Virginia voters, and veterans aware of the importance of a large defense budget. Virginia is especially poised to be hit hard by the cuts. Over 200,000 jobs from major defense sites in the state of Virginia could be cut. Allen told voters today that the blame should fall on his opponent, Democratic candidate Tom Kaine who supported the original deal last year. “This deal they made last summer -- I opposed and my opponent was in favor of it,” Allen said today, “A few weeks ago we had a debate and he was asked do you now feel it was a mistake because of these looming cuts to our military readiness as well as over 200,000 jobs at risk in Virginia and his response was it was the right thing to do. And I thought the right thing to do for who? It's a failure of leadership." Read more.......

Kaine Gets an Earful from Defense Contractors - Fairfax News - Tim Kaine came to Merrifield today to hear defense contractors’ fears about sequestration, the “fiscal cliff” that could cost Virginia 207,000 jobs and $10.6 billion in lost labor income if Congress does not resolve its budget impasse. What Kaine heard was not so much concern about the pending devastation of the Northern Virginia economy as a litany of complaints, suggestions and observations about the federal contracting process. Acronyms flew as representatives of small contractors and the consultants who advise them complained that the contract-awarding process is so lengthy, uncertain and mired in what one consultant called a “climate of fear” that it is hard for small contractors to survive.....That will dictate how big the gap is. If all the cuts are permanent, the gap is bigger. If you say you will never raise taxes, then you have picked the option of dramatic cuts” in federal spending. “You need a combination of cuts and revenue. If you are only cutting, you’re making a mistake,” Kaine said. Kaine’s proposals landed with a thud over at Republican headquarters, where Del. Tim Hugo (R-Fairfax) said Kaine “wants to use these harmful defense cuts to negotiate higher taxes on job creators during a struggling economy. Fairfax County residents can’t afford six more years of Tim Kaine’s record for tax hikes and Washington deals that jeopardize our jobs.”  Read more......

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