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Fri December 7, 2012
Senator Bill Nelson Says MacDill is Not "Toast"
Sen. Bill Nelson says reaching a budget deal is crucial. However, He says either way MacDill Air Force Base is not as threatened as some GOP senators may make it seem.
In Tampa today, the senator laid out to reporters his latest proposals to deal with a looming budget crisis.
Nelson does not back more defense spending cuts.
Recently South Carolina Sen. Lindsay Graham said MacDill Air Force Base "is toast" if the budget crisis isn't averted. Nelson says not so much.
"Neither MacDill nor Central Command nor United States Special Operation Command is threatened," Nelson added. "This is one military base that is unique because it has two of the major commands with a four-star military officer as the head. You don't find this at any other place [except] say for the Pentagon."
Nelson says after avoiding the "fiscal cliff," the next major issue for congress will be tackling a national immigration policy.