November 21, 2011 5:06 PM
From Staff Reports

WASHINGTON • After the congressional super committee ground to a stalemate Monday, Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon said automatic spending cuts will seriously harm the military.

“Now, unfortunately, America’s military is facing cuts that will devastate the armed forces and force us to break faith with service members,” McKeon said in a press release. “I do not accept that outcome.”

McKeon, chair of the House Armed Services Committee, said he plans to introduce a bill to prevent cuts that will do “catastrophic damage” to the armed forces.

“Our military has already contributed nearly half a trillion to deficit reduction,” McKeon said. “Secretary Panetta has said he doesn’t want to be the Secretary who hollows out defense. Likewise, I will not be the armed services chairman who presides over crippling our military. I will not let these sequestration cuts stand.”

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