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The committee chairman introduced a bill last year to head off the first year of sequestration by trimming the budget elsewhere, but Senate Democratic leaders and the White House have opposed exempting defense.

“I don’t think it would lead to a hollow force,” Mr. Adams said of sequestration. “I think it would lead to a one-year difficult atmosphere for management and spending, but it will not lead to a hollow force. It is the kind of thing in the long term you can plan around.”