Rep. Brooks warns against defense cuts that could follow debt-ceiling deal

Earlier this month, Brooks listed the possibility of defense cuts as a major reason he opposed the agreement. The 12-member supercommittee could recommend defense cuts as part of a package that the majority approves.

But under the agreement, failure by the supercommittee to agree on more than $1 trillion in cuts over 10 years would lead to an automatic cut of $60 billion in defense spending in FY 2013.

In Alabama this week, Brooks said the federal budget crisis is due not to military spending, but entitlement spending, and that cuts should focus on entitlements.

Entitlement programs are the biggest bite of the apple and have to be reformed, he said. We cant afford to pay for them.

Brooks was one of several Republicans who opposed the final agreement because it did not require congressional passage of a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution as a condition of increasing the debt ceiling. Instead, it only requires a vote on an amendment later this year.