One day after President Barack Obama offered a proposal for avoiding devastating across-the-board cuts to government spending, Republican lawmakers are making a counterproposal. The Down Payment to Protect National Security Act of 2013 would cut the federal workforce by 10% through attrition — including at the Pentagon. And it would freeze the pay of every member of Congress. The bill offers $85 billion in savings, which its authors call a down payment on sequestration for the entire ...

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