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“There remains lots, piles, of low-hanging fruit in the [the Pentagon] budget, such as failed F-35 program, providing the vast amounts yet to be removed from the currently bloated Pentagon budget.”

But House Armed Services Chairman Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, California Republican, said the military is paying the brunt of deficit reduction.

“The president’s budget is a clear articulation of Mr. Obama’s priorities: reduce resources for our struggling Armed Forces and redirect them to exploding domestic bureaucracies,” he said. “This budget reflects a true reduction, in real terms, of military spending while we have troops in combat.”