GOP plan boosts Pentagon, cuts social programs

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FILE -- In a Dec. 7, 2011 file photo House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., second from right, accompanied by fellow committee members, gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington . From left are, Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., Ryan, and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah.  The Republicans who control the House are using cuts to food aid, health care and social services like Meals on Wheels to protect the Pentagon from a wave of budget cuts come January.      (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, file)
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FILE -- In a Dec. 7, 2011 file photo House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., second from right, accompanied by fellow committee members, gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington . From left are, Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., Ryan, and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah. The Republicans who control the House are using cuts to food aid, health care and social services like Meals on Wheels to protect the Pentagon from a wave of budget cuts come January. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, file)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A key House committee has voted to cut food aid, health care and social services like Meals on Wheels to protect the Pentagon from a crippling wave of budget cuts come January.

The cuts approved by the Republican-controlled panel total more than $300 billion over the coming decade.

They are but a fraction of the cuts called for in the broader, nonbinding budget plan that passed the House in March and are aimed at preventing the Pentagon from absorbing a 10 percent, $55 billion automatic budget cut in January that's the result of the failure of last year's deficit "supercommittee" to reach a deal.

The cuts will be dead on arrival in the Democratic-controlled Senate this year.

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