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podWDCcapitol374.jpgThe Hill has an interesting story today on the budget battles brewing in Congress. House Budget Committe Chairman Jim Nussle, it seems, wants lawmakers to enforce an "across-the-board 2 percent cut to all discretionary spending bills, including those for defense and homeland security.As we've been discussing this week, the effects of Hurricane Katrina, long commitments in Iraq and Afghanistan and other pressure are leading many analysts to predict big defense cuts just as the Pentagon wraps up its four-year review of defense strategy, spending and strength.But check out this reaction:

Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, flatly rejected the idea of a 2 percent across-the-board cut yesterday when asked about it by reporters.Theres not room, Stevens said. Im going to oppose it.
What else will he and his colleagues oppose?-- Posted by Dan Dupont
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