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jpak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 03:53 PM
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GOP senator calls for changing automatic spending cuts
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Edited on Sun Nov-27-11 04:20 PM by jpak
Source: CNN

Washington (CNN) -- Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania called Sunday for reconfiguring the automatic spending cuts required by Congress due to last week's failure by the special joint deficit reduction committee to reach a deal.

Toomey, a member of the so-called "super committee," told the ABC program "This Week" that he wanted to change the formula for making $1.2 trillion in budget cuts mandated under legislation passed in August.

The law, which Toomey opposed, said the cuts must be evenly divided between the military and domestic spending. Social Security, Medicaid, food stamps, veterans' benefits and other politically sensitive programs are spared the budget ax.

Toomey expressed the view of conservatives that the required cuts were weighted too heavily toward the military. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, a Democrat, also has warned that the automatic cuts will undermine military capability.


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