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Rob Bishop
Little action to stop defense cuts, despite warnings
Little action to stop defense cuts, despite warnings

Defense officials and their allies in Congress have done their best to create a sense of crisis about impending budget cuts, but their warnings have failed to produce any visible result. Instead, partisan divisions have hardened over how to avoid the automatic spending reductions set for March 1, with Democrats and Republicans offering solutions that appear irreconcilable and trading accusations designed to shift the blame across the aisle. If Congress fails to act by March 1, across-the-board spending cuts of $85 billion over seven months will hit federal agencies, split evenly between military and domestic programs. Defense contractors and economists are predicting hundreds of...