(Adds Kyl quote)
WASHINGTON, Sept 8 U.S. Senator Jon Kyl, a
Republican member of the "super committee" deficit-reduction
panel in Congress on Thursday said he would quit the panel if
new defense spending cuts are considered.
Kyl made the comments in a session sponsored by
conservative think tanks including Heritage Foundation and the
American Enterprise Institute. He made the comments shortly
after the super committee held its first meeting in an effort
to find $1.2 trillion in new government savings over 10 years.
"I'm off of the committee if we're going to talk about
further defense spending," Kyl said he has told super committee
A $917 billion deficit-reduction deal enacted in early
August included $350 billion in security program cuts, which
includes defense spending.
If the super committee cannot come to a deal on at least
$1.2 trillion in additional savings, automatic spending cuts
would be triggered starting in 2013. Those cuts would be split
evenly between domestic programs and defense.
(Reporting by David Alexander)