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Sanders, Leahy disappointed by National Guard cuts

Feb. 25, 2014 - 08:29AM   |  
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MONTPELIER, VT. — 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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