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Republicans lawmakers are pushing to cut the size of the federal workforce.

Steep budgets are scheduled to hit the federal government March 1, if Congress doesn't act soon. Without action from lawmakers, the Pentagon will see its budget cut by about half a trillion dollars starting next month. That's unacceptable to Republican defense hawks.

To protect the military from such steep cuts they're calling for cutting the size of the federal workforce by 10 percent through attrition. The plan calls for only replacing one of every three employees who leave the government.

Maryland Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin says he's not surprised the GOP is targeting federal workers once again.

"That's what they've been doing all along," says Cardin. "They've been attacking federal workers. Every issue. And I will tell you this, I will do everything in my power to make sure it doesn't happen."

Republican leaders oppose raising new revenue as a part of a budget deal, which Cardin says is unrealistic.

"We do have to have a balanced way," he says. "Yes we need spending cuts, and the military has to contribute as well, as clearly health care costs we need to bring down. So there are things on all sides of the equation. But it's not going to work without revenue. Revenue has to be part of it."

President Obama wants to delay the scheduled budget cuts to buy Congress more time to work out a compromise budget plan, but Republican leaders are demanding spending cuts as a part of any deal delaying sequestration from hitting the government.

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