Defense Hawks Seek to Protect Spending

Thursday, 04 Aug 2011 11:36 AM

By Dan Weil

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The defense budget faces an immediate $350 billion reduction and perhaps more to come as part of the new debt/deficit law. Republican military hawks aren’t too happy about that state of affairs, and they’re strategizing about how to save the Pentagon from more cuts, Politico reports.

The special bipartisan congressional committee charged with recommending at least $1.2 trillion in additional deficit reduction may call for slashing more funds from defense. And if the committee can’t agree on a plan, or Congress votes down its blueprint, Pentagon spending will drop automatically – by as much as $500 billion.

Defense Hawks Seek to Protect SpendingRep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., said the defense cuts are a “security risk imposed upon the American people that I am unwilling to accept.” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., agrees. Indeed, these reductions represent the “most devastating” element of the debt/deficit law, he said.

Elsewhere on the deficit front, National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions urges House Republicans to maintain vigilance in their effort to substantially reduce spending.

“House Republicans have cut more spending than any Congress since World War II,” he wrote in a memo Thursday. “The American people have realized that Democrat policies are having a negative impact on the economy and job creation.”

Democrats are going to have to face the music over an unemployment rate that now stands at 9.2 percent, Sessions says. “Unless a Democrat-controlled Washington starts embracing policies for marketplace certainty and job creation, Democrats will be surprised how many Americans ask them next election: Where are the jobs?”



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