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Virginia Senator Mark Warner (D) plans to vote for the debt ceiling-deficit reduction deal when it comes to the Senate floor later today.
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Virginia Senator Mark Warner (D) plans to vote for the debt ceiling-deficit reduction deal when it comes to the Senate floor later today.

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) says the deal struck over the weekend to resolve the debt-ceiling standoff "dodged a bullet," but Congress must follow up by enacting a broader solution to the federal government's debt problems.

Warner says he supports the deal for now, but he believes it will cut too much from the military and other vital programs.

"By shifting this burden to just the military and domestic discretionary spending without touching revenues and any of the entitlement programs, candidly that's where most of the money is at in entitlement programs and in some of these tax code changes we're talking about," he says.

Warner hopes to serve on the 12-member bicameral "super committee" that will determine where the next $1.5 trillion in budget cuts will come from.

He says this "super committee" must address the root causes of the federal debt in order to avoid the more severe automatic triggers built into the law.

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