Top US diplomat John Kerry warns against deep budget cuts

John Kerry

Additional job losses would occur as budget cuts force the slower processing of visas for foreign tourists and business visitors, Kerry said.

The cuts would total about $85 billion this year across the entire US budget. With a deal to avoid them looking less and less likely, administration officials are rallying to warn of the pain that will be imposed on various programs.

Kerry also said cuts would impair efforts to beef up security at US diplomatic facilities, a sensitive issue after the attack by armed militants on the US mission in the Libyan city of Benghazi. US Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed in that attack.

Americans living or traveling abroad would also feel the pinch, Kerry warned, as cuts "constrain our ability to assist US citizens overseas, often at their darkest times."

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