Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman says he won't accept any further cuts in the U.S. defense budget and is warning that the nation's military force is "too small" now to meet all the demands placed on it.
Writing in the Wall Street Journal Friday, the Connecticut Independent signaled that he would not support "any debt reduction package that requires our military to accept further cuts" during Congress' lame duck session following the Nov. 6 election.
Both Republicans and Democrats have vowed to act after the election to head off the automatic spending cuts, or budget sequestration, that could result in $500 billion in defense spending cuts beginning on Jan. 2.
Lieberman, who also serves on the Armed Services Committee, said the $487 billion Pentagon spending decrease imposed last year by the bipartisan Budget Control Act is already "delaying critical modernization programs and forcing our military to slash manpower and force structure."
Any additional cuts, he said, would pose a threat to national security.
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