Republicans don't want military spending and Democrats don't want cuts in social programs. The best thing to do would be doubling or tripling the cuts, but compromise tends to work in the other direction.
Thus one should not be surprised by this can-kicking idea: Republicans Propose Job Freeze to Avert Defense Cuts
Republican members of the House and Senate Armed Services committees revived a proposal to avert automatic spending cuts by reducing the federal workforce through attrition and freezing congressional salaries.
The legislation would save $85 billion through Sept. 30, the same...