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Dem lawmakers urge Obama to stand strong on mandated Defense cuts

A House liberal is leading an effort to urge President Obama to veto any bill that seeks to void additional defense cuts.

Rep. Peter WelchPeter Francis WelchClinton mulls role in 2018 midterms Trump talks tough but little action seen on drug prices Frustrated with Trump, Dems introduce drug pricing bill MORE (D-Vt.), in a letter that soon will go to Obama, states support for Obama's pledge to reject any legislative attempts to void any part of $1.2 trillion in federal cuts that would be triggered if Congress fails to strike a deal to cut that much by month's end.

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Half would come from national defense accounts, and the other half from domestic accounts.

A group of senators, including Senate Armed Services Committee ranking member John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMcConnell: 'Whoever gets to 60 wins' on immigration Meghan McCain: Melania is 'my favorite Trump, by far' Kelly says Trump not likely to extend DACA deadline MORE (R-Ariz.) and panel members Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamMcConnell: 'Whoever gets to 60 wins' on immigration Overnight Tech: Uber exec says 'no justification' for covering up hack | Apple considers battery rebates | Regulators talk bitcoin | SpaceX launches world's most powerful rocket Overnight Cybersecurity: Tillerson proposes new cyber bureau at State | Senate bill would clarify cross-border data rules | Uber exec says 'no justification' for covering up breach MORE (R-S.C.) and Kelly AyotteKelly Ann AyotteAudit finds US Defense Department wasted hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars US sends A-10 squadron to Afghanistan for first time in three years No, the US did not spend million on a gas station in Afghanistan MORE (R-N.H.), said Tuesday they could announce a plan this week that would void the $600 billion in national defense cuts and replace them with other cuts.

But Welch, and the 71 Democratic members who his office said Tuesday have signed on to his letter to the president, want Obama to resist their efforts. Welch's office is still circulating the letter with other members.

"The failure of Congress to act must have consequences," states the letter, obtained by The Hill. "We stand ready to work with you over the next year to put America back on a firm financial footing and will vote to sustain your veto of any effort to repeal all or part of the scheduled sequester."

Ayotte said at a conference Tuesday her group is confident the impact of the $600 billion in cuts would convince a large enough "bipartisan coalition" to pass legislation to undo the national defense cuts.