Boehner Opposes Additional Defense Cuts
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Thursday the Pentagon should not have to bear any further spending cuts as the congressional debt supercommittee looks for $1.2 trillion in government-wide savings.
Defense programs “have taken more than their fair share of the hits” this year, Boehner said, according to CQ Today. To protect DOD’s budget from being slashed further, the committee will need to put together a plan lawmakers can approve and avoid triggering automatic spending cuts across the board, he said.
Boehner pointed to mandatory spending programs as a ripe target for additional savings, but did not rule out tax increases, according to CQ.