“There is a chance that [killing sequestration and its $600 billion in Pentagon spending cuts] could happen, particularly during a lame-duck session, that we would once again kick the can down the road, modify the law that now is in place…I don't think it's the right way to go. But to say that [there’s]…no chance that Congress would kick the can down the road would be kind of inconsistent with a hell of a lot of evidence. Not only can we kick the can down the road, but I think we have special gym shoes…”

— Senator Carl Levin, the Michigan Democrat who chairs the armed services committee, speaking Tuesday. He was asked if Congress will let the sequestration ax fall by failing to come up with $1.2 trillion in deficit reductions by Jan. 2 — or perhaps simply rewrite the law so that it doesn’t happen.

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