Sen. Kay Hagan expressed her concerns Tuesday about what will happen if Friday's sequester deadline isn't reached.
Like Virginia, North Carolina is home to a large military population, which she said would suffer. Hagan said 22,000 civilian employees at military bases face furloughs and a total pay cut of $120 million between March and October.
She said a cut like that would impact not only those families, but also the cities in North Carolina that rely on military bases.
She also said delaying maintenance work to save money will cost more in the long run and that the sequestration will hurt military readiness.
“These indiscriminant, un-prioritized cuts that are being put on the backs of our service members -- I do not believe is the way to get our fiscal house in order,” she said.
When asked if she thought a deal could be reached by Friday, Hagan indicated she was hopeful, but troubled by the sense of inevitability that it's going to happen.