Deb Fischer, a newly-elected Republican senator from Nebraska, hinted Saturday that Republican lawmakers would push to nullify all defense budget cuts under sequestration.
Federal Times reports she said lawmakers should instead focus cuts on domestic programs including entitlements.
During the Republicans’ weekly radio address, Fischer said Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid programs are most responsible for the federal government’s debt, John Bennett writes.
The $500 billion in cuts to the Pentagon’s budget are scheduled to kick in March 1 unless Congress and President Barack Obama reach a $1.2 trillion deficit reduction package, according to the report.
Jay Carney, White House press secretary, said last week Obama wants to avoid the sequester and its effects on defense funding.