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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