The House Budget Committee chairman is preparing a government-wide proposal to trim the deficit by $4 trillion over the next decade. But lawmakers say Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who will announce his plan April 5, intends to do it largely without touching the Pentagon’s billions in fiscal 2012. That would be no small feat, indicates Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. He told reporters April 4 that Ryan fielded all kinds of ideas — from ...


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