WASHINGTON — Sen. Sherrod Brown urged Senate leaders to scrap a key section of a House defense bill that could lead to the loss of thousands of civilian defense jobs in Whitehall and Cleveland.

In a letter Monday to senators writing their version of the defense bill, the Ohio Democrat wrote that the House version “will negatively impact our ability to complete core national security missions.”

The House bill, which has yet to be approved by the full body, calls for a 25 percent budget cut for a number of Department of Defense agencies that employ mostly civilian workers.

If the Senate approves the same provision, it could affect the 6,000 jobs at the Defense Finance and Accounting Service and the Defense Logistics Agency in Whitehall as well as 2,600 jobs at a similar agency in Cleveland.

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