Lawmaker unveils bill to avert defense cuts

AP News
Posted: Dec 14, 2011 7:49 PM
Lawmaker unveils bill to avert defense cuts

The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee has introduced a bill to avert further cuts in Pentagon spending after the failure of the deficit-cutting supercommittee.

Republican Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon is proposing a reduction of the federal workforce by 10 percent to produce revenue that would avoid one year of cuts to defense and nondefense programs. The California lawmaker said in a statement that the reduction would come through attrition.

McKeon said commanders have warned that cuts to defense would undermine the military's ability to defend the nation.

Under the automatic cuts, federal spending would be reduced by $1.2 trillion over 10 years, with about half coming from defense.