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Rep. Mac Thornberry: SASC, HASC Plan $5B Defense Budget Cuts

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Rep. Mac Thornberry
Rep. Mac Thornberry

Members of the House and Senate armed services committees plan to cut $5 billion from the defense budget in support of a Congress budget agreement with the White House, Defense News reported Wednesday.

Joe Gould writes that HASC Chair Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) indicated the armed services committees currently work with the appropriations committees to identify areas to cut from the budget.

“It will be a $5 billion reduction in the spending that is authorized and that was the agreement, which I support,” Thornberry said, according to the report.

The adjustment could either be part of efforts to override President Barack Obama’s veto of the proposed 2016 National Defense Authorization Act or part of a separate legislation, the lawmaker added.

Gould reports that potential targets for the cuts include the Defense Department‘s “unfunded requirements” list and the DDG-51, UH-60M Black Hawk, Stryker lethality upgrade and Distributed Common Ground System – Army programs.

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