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Interest Groups Positioning Themselves Ahead of Sequestration, Entitlement Reform

With the House Budget Committee moving today to replace across-the-board defense cuts with reduced funding for social services, stakeholders in the fight over sequestration and entitlement reform are hard at working trying to protect their funding.

A group of more than 30 military and veterans organizations known as the Military Coalition sent a letter to lawmakers urging them to stop "the catastrophic impact that sequestration would have on the defense budget and future national security."

"It is difficult to see how the services could continue to recruit and retain a high-quality career force after imposing such grossly disproportional budgetary penalties on servicemembers and families," the letter says.

The groups in the coalition include the Air Force Association, the Association of the United States Army, the Association of the United States Navy and the Marine Corps League.

On entitlement reform, the National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare is campaigning to protect Social Security benefits for women instead of allowing entitlements to be cut to reduce the deficit.

The NCPSSM Foundation is teaming up with the National Organization for Women Foundation and the Institute for Women's Policy Research on Friday to deliver a report to congressional staffers on the economic conditions elderly women face. Its recommendations include providing a widow or widower with 75 percent of the couple's combined benefit.  

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