GOP plan protects Pentagon, cuts social programs

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Moving to protect the military from a crippling wave of budget cuts next year, a key House committee voted Monday to cut instead food aid, health care and social services like Meals on Wheels. There's no companion legislation moving in the Democratic-controlled Senate, and the proposal doesn't stand a chance of making it to President Barack Obama's desk for signature. But the vote was a symbolic swipe at Obama in an election year focused on the economy.

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