The Washington Times Weekly - - Geopolitics -

The chair­man of the House Armed Ser­vices Com­mit­tee is pan­ning the deficit com­pro­mise plan of­fered by so-called “Gang of Six” Se­nate lead­ers for its steep cuts in se­cu­rity fund­ing.

“Based on what we’ve read the pro­posal would re­sult in $886 bil­lion in se­cu­rity cuts over 10 years,” Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon said in a memo sent July 20 to com­mit­tee Repub­li­cans.

“Due to a fire­wall in the pro­posal be­tween se­cu­rity and do­mes­tic spend­ing, nearly half of the dis­cre­tionary sav­ings in this pro­posal comes from se­cu­rity pro­grams,” he said, not­ing that Pen­tagon spend­ing is about 85 per­cent of all se­cu­rity funds.

Also, the Se­nate com­pro­mise would man­date cuts to mil­i­tary re­tire­ment and other ben­e­fits.

“It is our be­lief that this pro­posal raises se­ri­ous im­pli­ca­tions for de­fense and would not al­low us to per­form our con­sti­tu­tional re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­vide for the safety and se­cu­rity of our coun­try, or keep faith with men and women in uni­form,” said Mr. McKeon, Cal­i­for­nia Repub­li­can, ex­plain­ing why he op­poses the plan.

Since Pres­i­dent Obama orig­i­nally sub­mit­ted his fis­cal 2011 bud­get, de­fense spend­ing has been cut by $439 bil­lion over 10 years. The pres­i­dent in April pro­posed an­other $400 bil­lion in cuts that is be­ing pushed to $700 bil­lion and as much as $1 tril­lion.

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