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Lawmakers plead with Obama to help avoid defense cuts

Published 03/29/2012, Associated Press

The reductions — $50 billion in the first year and $492 billion over a decade — won't kick in until January 2013, but lawmakers argued that Congress and the Obama administration can't wait months to deal with the issue and leave it to a lame-duck session in December. Jobs are at stake as well as long-term Pentagon contracts, they said.

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