Kyl, other GOP leaders say no further defense budget cuts
September 8th, 2011
10:18 PM ET
11 years ago

Kyl, other GOP leaders say no further defense budget cuts

Washington (CNN) - Sen. John Kyl, one of the members of the special congressional committee set up to create a $1.5 trillion budget-reduction plan, said Thursday those cuts should come out of programs like Medicare and Social Security - not defense.

The Arizona Republican told a luncheon event by conservative groups the American Enterprise Institute and the Heritage Foundation that the defense budget has been cut enough already, most recently this summer when the debt-reduction deal meant up to $400 billion in defense cuts.


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  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Another statement by Kyl that is not meant to be factual. You go you lying republicans, keep on destroying America. No more money for republican wars until the billionaires and big corporations start paying their fair share.

    September 8, 2011 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  2. John

    Sound like the Republican are really are trying to compromise, All ready saying what they are not going to cut. And are starting on Medicare and Social security that these are the Program they want to cut. But these two program are what American People have pay Into all there Life. The Republican have to go In 2012 or the Middle Class and the poor will end up with nothing after paying Into It all are Life. If they want to cut something other than defense budget ,Than let start cutting the Congress and senate Pay and hearth care and there Pension. They all ready are way over pay for the Jobs they are doing.

    September 8, 2011 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Tonight Rick Perry saw how a real president conducts business. I hope Ponzi Perry will choose Kyl as his running mate.

    September 8, 2011 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Kyl is one of the few republicans that have a room named after them in. Where would be be without a John?

    September 8, 2011 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  5. Bill from GA

    Eric Holder recently announced a massive Medicare Fraud bust, cutting hundreds of millions in waste, and the perps were shut down and procecuted. When Haliburton was caught in military procurement fraud, their contracts were extended. When Congress is serious about cutting waste, the military, and especially military contracts, is a great place to start.

    The mention of a few podunk countries, which include those getting our aid, as real threats and a reason NOT to cut military spending, is an insult to our professional fighting forces.

    Much of military spending is Congressional PORK in the lowest form, as gutless congressmen use our fighting forces as an excuse to justify any project which might bring a few dollars home. My two Georgia Senators, Johnny I. and Saxby, are prime examples

    September 8, 2011 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  6. Tony

    After the 2012 election, more saving will come from the salaries and pensions of Congressional Republicans sent to the unemployment line. Republicans don't believe in government unemployment and retirement benefit programs, so they should not get any benefits when they lose their jobs.

    September 8, 2011 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  7. Bill from GA

    When the extension of the F-22 was blocked, Georgia's Senators were crying over the loss of defense capabilities from not building huge fleets of these magnificent planes. Two weeks later, after Lockheed found more work on the F-35, well, the F-22 was overpriced anyway, and we just needed more F-35s. It's more about jobs than defense.

    I'll bet Lockheed could build some awesome high-speed rail cars. Some Georgia Tech engineers ( probably from India, originally ) have made serious advancements in lower-cost Solar Electric ( they have to sell them overseas, too little demand here ). Keep up the progress; and battery technology, and we won't need Arab oil. Let them fight each other. That technology is coming, whether from Germany, China, the USA, or where ever. Long term, there are many better uses for Petroleum than powering cars, jets, and tanks.

    September 8, 2011 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  8. Barb

    Defense budget cuts? No way! Food stamp cuts? Hell yes! GOP=Greed Over People

    September 8, 2011 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  9. A Kickin` Donkey

    Great. Since the Republican is alraedy talking smack and is unwilling to do anything then just let the automatic defense cuts occur.

    September 8, 2011 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  10. Mikey

    No defense cuts? Are these people crazy? The defense budget has doubled in recent years. We spend as much as the rest of the world combined. It's killing us.

    Let me guess. They won't talk about taxes either? I guess they won't be happy unless they balance the budget on the backs of poor children, the elderly, the sick, working families, etc. What does it say on the statue of liberty? "Give us your poor, tired, huddled masses... so the GOP can abuse the heck out of them" ??? Or would Jesus say, "Take advantage of the least among us" ???

    September 9, 2011 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  11. Chris

    This country spends more on defense than the rest of the world combined. But they insist they cant' cut the budget for the militrary and instead need to take from the elderly and the poor.

    September 9, 2011 04:25 am at 4:25 am |
  12. DENNA

    "Sen. John Kyl, one of the members of the special congressional committee set up to create a $1.5 trillion budget-reduction plan, said Thursday those cuts should come out of programs like Medicare and Social Security – not defense."
    Why is it these people always want to take away from the American people? I'll just bet if you look hard enough, you will find ways to cut military spending, which is enormous. One good way would be to stop starting wars and defending every petty dictator in the world. This overspending on defense is a habit that supports special interest defense contractors. It is high time that the Rethugs think about the citizens of this country and not their wealthy defense contractor friends. Be warned, we are watching everything you do. That one person-one vote thing may well rise up and bite you in the butt at election time. We are sick of you trying to take everything away from ordinary Americans. Wake up!

    September 9, 2011 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  13. The Real Tom Paine

    Geez, what a surprise. Even when the Pentagon gives them a list of things they deem unnecessary, the GOP still wants us to waste money on these things simply because they need to pander. How disappointing, and how utterly predictable.

    September 9, 2011 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  14. Marie MD

    This 3% = 98% kyl reminds me of a dirty old man siting on a park bench with a trench coat on.

    September 9, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  15. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared war on US!

    America's defense expenditures are still grossly over-budgeted compared to other countries. We still spend WAY more than China, the second closest in spending. These GOBPbaggers are just revealing their true neocon roots as bloodthirsty war-makers with no regard for diplomacy, peace and respecting the rights of sovereign nations. An in the meantime, the GOBP's corporate owners in the military-oil-industrial complex continue to suck dollars out of the US like the greedy vampires they are. In the meantime, sane Americans recognize that right now we need butter, not guns.

    September 9, 2011 09:37 am at 9:37 am |