Continued from page 1

Members of Congress said they are working on ways to give the Pentagon chiefs some flexibility from the sequestration law, which requires across-the-board cuts as part of a 2011 federal debt deal.

“I believe sequestration is both terrible politics and terrible policy,” said Rep. Harold Rogers, Kentucky Republican and chairman of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee, who proposed the flexibility plan two weeks ago.

“These cuts will gravely impair the Defense Department’s mission capabilities, troop training, equipment and supply lines, research and development efforts and our overall readiness,” he said.