Sessions joins Sens. John McCainJohn McCainPelosi, Dems rush to defense of Wasserman Schultz Reid: We're not breaking the budget deal Senate votes to block USDA catfish inspections MORE (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamTrump: Romney 'walks like a penguin' Romney should endorse Clinton Graham: I'm still not supporting Trump MORE (R-S.C.) in opposing the sequestration of defense funding. On Monday, those two senators released a statement that said the cuts "cannot be allowed to occur."
McCain in particular has argued that the required cuts would come on top of the $350 billion in cuts that Defense already faces, and nearly $200 billion in other reductions that former Defense Secretary Robert Gates imposed.
Sessions said that the Defense Department makes up about one-sixth of the federal government, and therefore should not have to shoulder half of the $1.2 trillion sequester. McCain and Graham said they are looking for ways around these cuts, and House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) said he is preparing a bill for that purpose.