Sen. Sessions supports effort to avoid defense cuts

Sessions joins Sens. John McCainJohn McCainKerry: US 'on the verge' of suspending talks with Russia on Syria Trump, Clinton to headline Al Smith dinner Overnight Defense: Congress overrides Obama 9/11 veto | Pentagon breathes easy after funding deal | More troops heading to Iraq MORE (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamKerry: US 'on the verge' of suspending talks with Russia on Syria GOP leaders express reservations a day after 9/11 veto override McConnell opens door to changing 9/11 bill 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.