Lawmakers offer initial take on Pentagon budget

04/7/2009 | Reuters

Key congressional leaders reacted to proposed Pentagon budget cuts Monday with statements ranging from praise to outrage. Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Mo., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, appeared cool to the plan, promising "some very interesting hearings." Rep. John McHugh, R-N.Y., the ranking Republican on the panel, noted the sheer volume of the cuts, which he pegged at $8 billion, while a bipartisan trio of senators blasted the idea of trimming $1.4 billion from missile defense. However, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., praised the administration's plan to restructure military procurement, calling it long overdue.

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