Reid: Democrats to ease cuts with war savings

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By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Democrat in the Senate says he'll press ahead with new legislation to repeal automatic spending cuts that are now beginning to sting.

Majority Leader Harry Reid says he wants to use savings from the drawdown of troops in Afghanistan to repeal the cuts, called sequestration. The effects are beginning to ripple through the government and the economy, most visibly with delays in air travel caused by the furloughs of air traffic controllers.

The timing of Reid's effort wasn't clear and it faces long odds. Republicans are sure to oppose the move because they see the idea of claiming savings from war funding as gimmickry. The money, Republicans say, was never intended to be spent in the first place.

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