Republican senator says no more military cuts
September 25th, 2011
11:39 AM ET
3 years ago

Republican senator says no more military cuts

(CNN) - If Congress can't come up with a deficit reduction deal this year, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday that he'll try to prevent further required cuts in the military budget.

The comment showed that contingency plans already are in place to avoid some of the more than $1 trillion in mandated spending cuts under a "trigger" mechanism intended to motivate Congress to reach a deficit deal.

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  1. vic , nashville ,tn

    To Sen. Lindsey Graham
    Why Soviet Union collapsed in 1991? It was running a budget deficit long time and War in Afghanistan and a huge rate of defense spending consumed large parts of the economy.

    September 25, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  2. TB

    Sen. Graham, military spening IS government spending. You're either for cutting spending, or you're AGAINST cutting spending. You can't have it both ways. You need to make up your mind!

    September 25, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  3. John

    Let see the Republican don't want to rise taxes, and now the don't want no more cuts to the Military. You can't have It both way . I was IN the military and I don't want to see any more cut to them. but I do thank that you should rise taxes on people that make over 250,000 a year or more. In other word rise taxes on The Rich and Big Business ,Because they don't creates JOBS. Every since the Bush Tax cut have been In Place ,America have lost Millions of JOBS. Tax cut don't work and never will. Everybody In America see this but you Republican. You can't have everything you want , You Control Congress for now but not after 2012. You don't control America, Want you need to start and Learn Is that Compromise will go a long way. And America Is getting sick of you Republican , My way or the highway.

    September 25, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  4. A Kickin` Donkey

    So let`s get this straight.

    The Republican Party in Congress plays brinksmanship with the debt ceiling resulting in a DOWNGRADE of US Gov.Bonds (Debt) to force an end to so-called "wasteful" & excessive spending.

    As part of that wasteful/excessive spending, cuts to DOD spending [which has increase by $400B over 10 years] are allocated.

    But Corporate and Defense Industry lackey, Lindsey Graham now want to renenge on that Congressional agreement because he wants to protect big business instead of cut the National Debt.

    To all you independent voters out there that want progress, the GOP just gave you the finger.

    September 25, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  5. Marry

    Typical GOP/TP! Start paying your fair share on taxes!!!

    September 25, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  6. Uhmerican

    Yeah, there's no waste in our military spending. At the very least, the military should be audited to see where we are wasting money. I'm tired of hearing about cutting spending from social programs while the GOP says all their favorite programs are off limits.

    September 25, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  7. Positive

    Vote out ALL Republicans in 2012! Let get this country moving again!

    September 25, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  8. Canuck

    The cold war ended decades ago yet there are still 60000 American troops stationed in Germany. Anyone know why? The Republicans are going to destroy America if they're allowed to.

    September 25, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  9. Howde

    No more cuts? All U guys are now expert on the economy. Where were you between 2000 to 2009 when Mr. Bush was looking for advise? As I recall he didn't call you, he called the opposition Obama to the Whitehouse for advise. Obama obliged without been nasty as you guys are now.

    September 25, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  10. GI Joe

    I guess he will want to back Perry in declaring war on Iran too. THAT should get a bunch of money for his campaign contributors -– er, defense contractors in SC -- er, constituents.

    September 25, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  11. McCain-in-4

    I'm willing to wait and see what taxes the Republicans are going to cut to keep the military spending intact. Rational isn't one of their stengths.

    September 25, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  12. cindy

    Booooooo!!!! This party wants our men and women to fight in wars but don't say a word to defend them let alone help them on their return to civilian life....pass the jobs bill pass a clean bill to give aid to our victims of disaster. Enough already.

    September 25, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |