The Washington Times - December 18, 2013, 07:42AM

Sen. Tim Kaine said Wednesday the Senate this week should pass the budget deal that’s already passed in the House, even though cuts to military pensions are stoking the ire of some Republicans.

Mr. Kaine, a Democrat whose state is home to many military members, said he is working with fellow Democratic Sens. Mark Warner of Virginia and Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire on a plan to soften the blow of the cuts later on.

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“We need to vote for this budget,” he told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Republican Sens. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Linsey Graham of South Carolina, among others, are lambasting the budget deal for curtailing benefits for service men and women. They say the cuts could have been found elsewhere.

But supporters of the deal say lawmakers made cuts across the board, and that the military cut pertains to a small percentage of cost-of-living adjustments for young military retirees, who frequently get new jobs.

Sen. John McCain, an Arizona Republican considered a key ally of the military, has come out in support of the budget deal.