Talking with congressional offices and listening to the responses our constituents receive from their visits with members of Congress, I get the sense that some members of Congress want the Pentagon to pay its fair share of any effort to cut the Pentagon budget -- but they aren't hearing that message enough from their constituents.
"Look, I would like our office to hear more from constituents who want to cut the Pentagon budget," one Senate staffer told me on a recent visit. "But we mostly hear from people concerned about any reduction in Pentagon spending." And recently Senator Patty Murray, who will play a key role in any decisions on spending, made a similar point. [view whole blog post ]