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Democrats Push Back Against GOP Senators’ Efforts To Shield Pentagon From Budget Cuts

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Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), along with 71 Democratic members of Congress, are urging President Obama to veto any bill that seeks to void any part of the $1.2 trillion in federal budget cuts that could be triggered if Congress fails to reach a budget agreement by the end of the year. Welch, in a letter to Obama, is pushing back against a group of senators — including John McCain (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) — who plan to introduce an alternative deficit-reduction plan that would shield the Pentagon from further budget reductions .