Six Senators Sound Bipartisan Alarm Over Sequester

September 24, 2012

Six Republican and Democratic senators are urging their party leaders to find a way to avert the spending cuts slated begin Jan. 2, a rare bipartisan warning that that the so-called sequester could have a “devastating impact’’ on defense and domestic programs.

In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D.,Nev.) and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.), leaders of the Senate Armed Services Committee and four other senators said Monday they wanted to “send a strong signal of our bipartisan determination to avoid or delay sequestration and the resulting major damage to our national security, vital domestic priorities and our economy.’’

The letter does not include any specific recommendations on deficit reduction plans to avert the $110 billion in spending cuts. But the letter is a fresh sign of growing congressional anxiety about the year end fiscal clash.

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