New England News
Tue February 25, 2014
Vt.'s Senators Disappointed By National Guard Cuts
Vermont's two United States senators are expressing displeasure and concern over proposed cut to the National Guard.
Sen. Patrick Leahy, co-chair of the Senate National Guard Caucus, says any planned long-term cut to Army National Guard "guts our citizen-soldier force."
Sen. Bernie Sanders told WPTZ in a statement "we should be growing - rather than shrinking - the National Guard" because of its cost-efficiency.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel proposed shrinking the Army to pre-WWII levels, closing military bases and making other military-wide savings Monday as part of a broad reshaping of priorities.
Hagel says the military must adjust to the reality of smaller budgets, even as the United States faces a more volatile, more unpredictable world that requires a more nimble military.
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