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By Matt Kibbe
The short-term deal will assure long-term overspending
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Topic - Buck Mckeon
Lawmakers of both parties pushed Wednesday for more information on why Congress was left out of the loop as the Obama administration weighed military action in Libya earlier this year.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Monday that tough economic times require that he shutter a major command that employs some 5,000 people around Norfolk, Va., and begin to eliminate other jobs throughout the military.
"We will try to hold back cuts to the Navy's cruiser force, finding the money for our cruisers to undergo proper upgrades, instead of mothballing vital ships needed to sustain the shift to Asia," he said in a March speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon, R-Calif., said the ships are needed now more than ever as foreign policy focus shifts towards the Pacific.