Willing and Able

By Sebastian Sprenger / June 21, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Senate Armed Service Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) is open to examining deeper defense cuts as the fiscal year 2012 defense policy bill makes its way through Congress, his spokeswoman tells us.

Levin used a telephone press conference with reporters last week to air frustration about the Obama administration, lamenting what he said was a lack of fiscal guidance for implementing the $400-billion savings target announced by the president in April.

In the end, the Senate Armed Services Committee's bill authorizes an FY-12 defense budget $6 billion below what the Obama administration requested in February.

Left unasked in the telephonic frenzy among reporters was the question whether Levin's bill would have advocated deeper cuts had the White House issued guidance to that effect.

Levin spokeswoman Tara Andringa sent us this response when we asked the question: “He is prepared to look for more cuts if they are required.”