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Many critics of Army cuts ignored Pentagon warnings, supported sequestration

WASHINGTON Some of the loudest critics of the proposed staffing cuts the Army announced Thursday at bases around the United States were the very members of Congress who four years ago voted to impose governmentwide budget measures that the Pentagon warned then would compel it to slash the military. The Army's announcement of plans to reduce its active duty force by 40,000 troops over the next two years was panned widely in Congress, especially by lawmakers from states with bases hit hard by the proposed cuts. Democratic Rep. Sanford Bishop criticized plans to eliminate 3,402 positions at Fort Benning in Georgia. Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers condemned the Army's proposal to cut...

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