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Defense Cuts Stirring Republican Congress Confronting New Budget

Military supporters are counting on a new Republican-led Congress to roll back defense-spending cuts required by a 2011 budget agreement. First, they’ll have to get past Jeff Sessions and his allies.

The Alabama Republican, who’s in line to take over the Senate Budget Committee in January, and other lawmakers seeking to lower the U.S. deficit say they aren’t convinced the Pentagon needs more money. Even if they agree, restoring funds to the military would require comparable cuts to domestic programs, which Democrats reject.