House lawmakers unveiled a spending package designed to fend off steep cuts to the military.
The goal is to slash $1.2 trillion in government spending to avoid automatic cuts to the Department of Defense and some domestic programs.
The military and domestic programs would have been spared if Congress's super committee had reached a deal last month.
Defense hawks say allowing those military cuts would jeopardize national security.
"When you get congressional leaders saying let's gut the military, put thousands of people at risk, in terms of being kicked out. If you're going to fire anybody, fire us and keep the soldiers," Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., said.
"The soldiers are doing a better job for the country than we are," he added.
Senate leaders they'll introduce their bill to "spare" those defense cuts in January -- after they've had time to find savings in other government spending.