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McHugh Worried About Troop Strength

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President Bush's proposed budget continues what Secretary of defense Donald Rumsfeld calls the transformation of the Pentagon. It includes expansion of the Army and the Marines. But Congressman John McHugh is still concerned that the Army -- active, Guard and reserve - is stretched too thin. McHugh is chairman of the House Military Personnel Subcommittee. He's warned that the Army needs more people. He renewed that warning at the subcommittee's first hearing of this budget year late last week. In terse opening remarks, McHugh said "the need for increases...was strongly resisted by the Department of Defense until last year" when the Army and the DOD agreed that a temporary increase of 30,000 troops was needed. He told Martha Foley that was a start, but said, "clearly, problems continue."

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Martha Foley
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