Lawmakers, Experts Advocate Against Military Spending Cuts

Liberty Alerts, Elizabeth Harrington,

Advocates for a strong military assembled on Capitol Hill Wednesday to urge Congress to ensure that the push to reduce the deficit does not jeopardize the defense budget. Legislation passed in August to raise the debt ceiling, the Budget Control Act, handed a bipartisan “super committee” the responsibility to cut the deficit by $1.5 trillion.

A panel convened by the Coalition for the Common Defense discussed what it called the committee’s “daunting mandate of reigning in federal spending” and the need to “provide for the common defense.” Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), a participant on the panel, warned that the super committee’s deliberations may result in “gutting our military to the point of transforming the unipolar superpower of the world into a regional power.”

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