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McKeon to continue as chairman

Defense budget biggest issue for committee

Posted: November 29, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 29, 2012 2:00 a.m.

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon questions Acting Budget Director Jeffrey Zientson in Washington on Aug. 1 during the committee's hearing. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md., listens at left.


Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon will continue to serve as chairman of the House Armed Services Committee when the new session of Congress gets under way in January, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.

McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, has served as the committee’s chairman since January 2011. He was elected to his 11th term representing California’s 25th Congressional District on Nov. 6.

The committee oversees the nation’s military for the House of Representatives, including the Department of Defense and portions of the Department of Energy.

“America’s military faces unprecedented challenges around the world. Our troops bear a heavy burden, fatigued after a decade of tough fighting, while confronted with new security threats abroad and dwindling resources here at home,” McKeon said in a release.

One of the largest issues facing the committee is the looming budget cuts known as sequestration, which are set to take effect if an agreement to cut the federal budget by more than $1 trillion cannot be reached by Jan. 1.

If that occurs, the Department of Defense would be forced to absorb an estimated $492 billion in cuts over the next decade.

McKeon said in a previous interview that he thinks the sequestration cuts would have the effect of “basically wiping out the military.”



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