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Rep. Palazzo asks President to stop military cuts

WASHINGTON, DC (WLOX) -

Congressman Steven Palazzo is asking President Obama to reverse what he calls "damaging sequestration cuts on the horizon."

Palazzo joined Representatives Allen West (FL), Marsha Blackburn (TN) and Jon Runyan (NJ), and Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon in a video appeal asking President Obama to join them in supporting H.R. 3662, the Down Payment to Protect National Security Act.

"Mr. President, right now if we sit by and do nothing, our military is on track to be slashed by another 500 billion dollars," Palazzo stated in a video released by the House Armed Services Republicans.

"Tonight, Mr. President, instead of a veto threat, we ask you to embrace our solution."

The Down Payment to Protect National Security Act would prevent a further round of cuts, beyond the $488 billion already announced by the President, from hitting the military as a result of sequestration. Palazzo said the bill is fully offset.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has said that under the large reductions of sequestration, "we would have to reduce the size of the military sharply. Rough estimates suggest after ten years of these cuts, we would have the smallest ground force since 1940, the smallest number of ships since 1915, and the smallest Air Force in its history."

Click here to watch the full video released by the House Armed Services Republicans.

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