(KCEN) -- If lawmakers cannot agree on a bi-partisan debt-reduction plan, automatic spending cuts will take affect.
And how that could cripple our military has been the topic of discussion in Washington.
The White House plan to cut 100 billion dollars in spending would be spread out across thousands of federal programs.
For the military, they would reduce the readiness of many non-deployed units.
The cuts would delay investments in new equipment and facilities.
They would also scale back on repairs and services for military families.
But when the House Armed Services Committee held a hearing on the Pentagon plans, many, including military leaders agreed they would have a devastating impact.
If lawmakers can't come up with a budget compromise, the cuts will take effect in January.