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Mackenzie Eaglen: Debt Limit Deal Could Lead to More Defense Cuts

money-graphA former congressional staffer predicts that any agreement to raise the debt ceiling could include additional cuts to the Pentagon’s budget, Defense News reported Monday.

John Bennett writes Mackenzie Eaglen, now an analyst at the American Enterprise Institute, told Defense News the White House and Congress could agree to restructure the sequestration-related defense cuts under a larger budget deal.

“Members dislike the steep drop-off of sequestration cuts in 2014 much more than they dislike the overall amount of defense cuts planned over the next decade,” Eaglen told Defense News.

House Republicans have proposed tax reforms and health program cuts in exchange for increasing the debt ceiling, Bennett reports.

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has told lawmakers that the U.S. will reach its borrowing limit on Oct. 17.

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