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House eyeing military funds ahead of sequester

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Members of Congress are exploring how to give Pentagon chiefs flexibility in implementing massive budget cuts that are scheduled to begin Friday.

Possible steps include passing a continuing resolution that would include a 2013 defense appropriations bill, as well as approving a military construction and veterans affairs appropriations bill.

"I believe sequestration is both terrible politics and terrible policy," said Rep. Hal Rogers, chairman of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee, who proposed the 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," the Kentucky Republican said Tuesday during a hearing at which the Joint Chiefs of Staff were testifying about the effect of spending cuts on military readiness.

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