A group of 70 House lawmakers is urging President Trump not to cut next year's defense budget, warning of "disastrous consequences" for the military if he does. "We, the undersigned, strongly urge you to uphold your commitment of $733 billion to restore our nation's military as you complete the fiscal year 2020 president's budget," the lawmakers wrote to Trump in a letter to be delivered next week. "Cuts to defense spending will have disastrous consequences for our military readiness, as was proven by sequestration." The letter was organized by Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio). The co-signers are all Republican, save for one Democrat: Tom O'Halleran (Ariz.). Trump has ordered the Pentagon to prepare a $700 billion defense budget for fiscal year 2020, a $16 billion cut from this year and $33 billion less than originally planned for 2020. Defense hawks have launched a full-court press to convince Trump to reverse course and return to the $733 billion budget. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and...
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