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    Debate to begin on defense cuts that could cost Mass. hundreds of jobs

    A package of proposed cuts by the Pentagon that could imperil hundreds of jobs at a General Dynamics facility in Taunton is set to be presented to congressional committees Friday, company and government officials said.

    A spokesman for the Republican majority on the House Armed Services Committee said it expects that the Pentagon submission will involve a large amount of so-called reprogramming requests, in which the military diverts unspent funds from existing contracts to other uses, such as for unexpected cost overruns.

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