Senator John McCain

McCain and Ayotte speaking to a crowd inside a BAE building
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Senators John McCain of Arizona and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire stopped in Merrimack today as a part of their tour to discuss pending cuts to the defense budget.

McCain and Ayotte are seeking a bipartisan effort to prevent the Congress-enacted sequestration from going into effect January 1, 2013.

The sequestration was supported across party lines last year as incentive for each side to reach a compromise over the budget.

Since Congress could not reach an agreement, severe cuts to social programs and defense will automatically go into effect this January.