The Birmingham News reports that Alabama bases would likely suffer if Congress fails to reach a broad deal on spending cuts by the end of the year.
About $600 billion in defense spending will be cut if they don't.
Joe Ritch, a Huntsville lawyer who helped recruit new jobs to Redstone Arsenal, says any Alabama city that depends on defense dollars would be hurt.
Census data shows the Defense Department spent about $12 billion in Alabama in 2009.
U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, who represents Maxwell Air Force Base and Fort Rucker, says she voted against the debt deal because of potential defense cuts.
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