GOP Sen. John Kyl Threatens to Quit Deficit Panel

The special “supercommittee” of House and Senate lawmakers tasked with finding another $1.5 trillion in spending cuts is off to a rocky start. The group met for the first time Thursday and already Arizona Republican Sen. John Kyl has threatened to quit the group should more defense cuts be on the table, Reuters reported. As part of Washington’s debt limit and $917 billion deficit-cutting deal enacted last month, blunt cuts to defense spending and domestic programs will be triggered automatically if lawmakers fail to strike a deal. Kyl said he would work to water down the trigger if the supecommittee can't agree on cuts by Thanksgiving, Politico reported.

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