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Lawmakers weigh in on proposed military budget cuts

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (03/04/2014) - Could the US Military soon downsize to its smallest numbers since before WWII? Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel recently proposed billions of dollars in military budget cuts that would decrease the current size of the military and take spending from forces weapons programs.

Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa) does not support Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's idea to cut billions of dollars from military spending – including cutting from forces and weapons programs. Kelly says that would have devastating effects on our troops.

"I think it's very dangerous," he said. "I think it's irresponsible. And especially when we send our kids, they're in the uniform, they're the 1% that's protecting the other 99% of the American people, why would you ever do that to them?"

The proposed cuts would save the United States billions of dollars in spending, but would greatly reduce the current size of the military. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (R-OH) agrees there are areas in the defense budget where cuts can be made. But says it's important to find the right balance to lower the deficit, but keep the American people safe.

"There is some room there," she said. "But we have to be very, very mindful about maintaining our posture globally."

And she says there are just some areas of the defense budget that absolutely cannot be touched.

"We have not damaged military pay or retirement cost of living or military health care, we can't do that," she said. "We have to take care of those who have defended this nation."

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