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The proposed GOP cuts pale in comparison to the $5 trillion in cuts called for over the coming decade by the broader — but nonbinding — GOP blueprint, authored by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., who’s often mentioned as a potential vice presidential choice. They’re getting far less media attention as well.

Stepping into the debate, however, has been the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, who forcefully oppose cuts to programs that help the poor and vulnerable, singling out cuts to food stamps as “unjustified and wrong” and assailing the effort to deny the child tax credit to undocumented workers as sure to thrust vulnerable children into poverty. The vast majority of children who would be affected by the tax credit proposal are U.S. citizens.

Republicans would also eliminate Social Services Block Grants, a $1.7 billion a year program that gives states money for Meals on Wheels, day care, adoption assistance, and transportation help for the elderly and disabled. Democrats noted that the program comes in the form of flexible block grants, an approach that Republicans advocated in the Ryan budget regarding Medicaid and food stamps. Republicans say the Social Service Block Grants program duplicates other efforts.

Separately, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee on Monday unveiled his version of next year’s defense budget, a blueprint that reverses several of the proposals embraced by Obama and military leaders.

The overall bill for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1 totals $642 billion — a base budget of $554 billion plus $88 billion for the war in Afghanistan and the counterterrorism fight. House Republicans boosted spending on defense by $3.7 billion above Obama’s military budget proposal, which had already boosted such spending by $4.6 billion above levels called for in last summer’s budget and debt pact.

The proposal by Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif., rejects another round of domestic base closings, restores millions for an Air Force version of the Global Hawk unmanned drone that the Pentagon wanted to mothball and prevents the military from increasing health care fees or creating new fees.