Sen. Kyl threatens to leave supercommittee over defense cuts

Democrats never met a weapons sysem that they didn't want to get rid of, while the GOP is hamstrung because the kinds of cuts they want won't be found without downsizing our defense - at least, in the political calculation of the leadership. So John Kyl has taken it upon himself to draw a line in the sand. The Hill: Kyl revealed Thursday that he told congressional leaders to find someone else to fill the supercommittee seat he had been offered if the panel intended to further trim the Pentagon budget beyond the $350 billion over 10 years that was included in the August debt deal. He told a standing-room-only lunch audience that he immediately told GOP leaders, "I'm off the committee" if further military cuts would be on the table. "We're not going there," Kyl said sternly, recalling his message to his fellow GOP leaders. "Defense has given enough already." The comments cleared up whether the Pentagon and defense industry have a strong ally on the high-level panel. If the...(Read Full Post)