Sen. Sessions supports effort to avoid defense cuts

Sessions joins Sens. John McCainJohn McCainMcCain granddaughter comes out in support of Clinton With reservations, moving toward Hillary Clinton FULL SPEECH: Hillary Clinton closes out Democratic convention MORE (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamTrump: 'I hope' Russia is able to get Clinton's emails Syria activists cheer Kaine pick Vulnerable GOP senators praise Kaine MORE (R-S.C.) in opposing the sequestration of defense funding. On Monday, those two senators released a statement that said the cuts "cannot be allowed to occur."

McCain in particular has argued that the required cuts would come on top of the $350 billion in cuts that Defense already faces, and nearly $200 billion in other reductions that former Defense Secretary Robert Gates imposed.

Sessions said that the Defense Department makes up about one-sixth of the federal government, and therefore should not have to shoulder half of the $1.2 trillion sequester. McCain and Graham said they are looking for ways around these cuts, and House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) said he is preparing a bill for that purpose.

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