Sessions joins Sens. John McCainJohn McCainMcCain defends McMaster from right-wing media attacks After ObamaCare repeal failure, look to the center Challenger’s super PAC accuses Flake of betraying voters in new ad MORE (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamTrump's Charlottesville comments push North Korea from spotlight 'Dreamers' deadline looms for Trump Graham: Trump must do more to distance himself from white supremacists 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.