Senate Republicans urge sequestration flexibility for Pentagon

11/7/2013 | Military.com

While the majority of Senate Republicans say they support continuing sequestration into the 2014 fiscal year, many draw the line at the Defense Department, saying it needs more flexibility in managing the cuts. "We've got to give them flexibility in the short term, and replace [sequestration] in the long term, before it destroys our military," said Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., echoed Graham's comments: "There is going to be an effort to give the Pentagon some discretion. It's not so much the amount [of the cuts], but the discretion."

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