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Rep. Mac Thornberry: Budget Proposal Cuts Almost $5B From Defense Programs

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Rep. Mac Thornberry
Rep. Mac Thornberry

The Defense Department would see about $5 billion in fiscal 2016 program cuts under a two-year draft budget agreement between the White House and Congress, Defense News reported Monday.

Joe Gould writes Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) said Monday the House and Senate Armed Services Committees were close to identifying weapon programs that will have funding reductions.

“We are looking at them all and trying to do the least damage, but nobody should be under the illusion that you can do this in a non-painful way,” Thornberry added, the publication reports.

Congress and the White House reached a budget deal to increase overall government spending by approximately $80 billion for the 2016 and 2017 fiscal years.

Reuters reported members of Congress have not yet decided whether they will seek to override President Barack Obama’s veto on a $612 billion defense policy bill and introduce a separate measure to reflect the $5 billion in proposed military funding cuts.

According to Andrea Shalal‘s story, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work forecasts that proposed cuts to defense programs over the next year will not have a significant impact on DoD’s operations.

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