WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans say automatic cuts to defense spending that will take place if Congress doesn't come up with a budget-reduction plan would be devastating to the military. They say the extra cuts would undermine the ability to simultaneously fight more than one war, put an all-volunteer military at risk and force layoffs of civilian workers.
Republicans from the House Armed Services Committee estimated that defense cuts could reach $1 trillion over a 10-year period. That's on top of cuts already slated under the deficit reduction package enacted in early August.
Under that act, a special bipartisan committee must find $1.5 trillion in additional cuts government-wide. If it fails, or Congress rejects its proposals, automatic cuts of $1.2 trillion would occur from the 2013 budget year, with half coming from defense.
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