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House Republicans to Protect DOD from Automatic Cuts

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  • March 18, 2012
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House leaders appear poised to shield the defense budget from the first year of automatic spending cuts triggered by the debt supercommittee’s failure to reach a deficit reduction agreement last fall.

House Republicans are expected to replace the $55 billion in defense cuts to be imposed in January with other spending reductions in the fiscal 2013 budget resolution to be unveiled this week, reported the National Journal, citing congressional aides.

“House Republicans are continuing their efforts to reprioritize the savings called for under the Budget Control Act because our troops and military families shouldn’t pay the price for Washington’s failure to take action,” Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said in a statement provided to the National Journal.

The legislation may be similar to the proposal advanced by Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), which would undo the government-wide automatic cuts next year by reducing the federal workforce by 10 percent over the next decade.

Michael Steel, spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), told the publication: “The speaker and Chairman McKeon are working towards a shared goal: ensuring that we have $1.2 trillion in additional deficit reduction, but doing it in a way that does not ‘hollow out’ our Armed Forces or jeopardize our national security.”

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