Under the Dome

McCrory-NC delegation focused on avoiding military cuts

Gov. Pat McCrory was in Washington Wednesday evening, meeting with members of Congress to talk about how the state can defend its military economy.

The message was about how to protect North Carolina’s military bases and training facilities from spending cuts, said Rep. Robert Pittenger, a Republican from Charlotte who attended the meeting.

“He has every reason to be focused on this,” Pittenger said, noting that about 500,000 jobs in North Carolina depend on the military.

Rep. George Holding, a Republican from Raleigh, agreed, saying, “Coordinating the efforts of our delegation to boost the military’s footprint within the state with the efforts of the Governor is absolutely essential and is what brought us together tonight.”

Pittenger said the group met for about an hour in the Cannon House Office Building near the Capitol.

Rep. David Price, a Democrat from Chapel Hill, was also there. Price said he and others in the meeting said that the larger federal budget was important in the discussion.

“It’s pretty obvious these days that sequestration would be bad for the country and for the military,” Price said. “State leaders have a stake – and need to say so – in getting a budget out of here in a way that avoids another round of sequestration, let alone another government shutdown."