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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Clinton Defense Cuts

WASHINGTON () -- U.S. President Bill Clinton on Monday proposed a reduced $242.6 billion military budget for fiscal 1997, drawing quick fire from a senior Republican for the $9.2 billion cut from current Pentagon spending.

Clinton's plan for the year that begins on Oct. 1 includes reductions in spending on both new weapons and operations and maintenance. It was criticized sharply by Republicans as representing a strain on military personnel and their families.

Congress must approve the budget plan and Republicans in both the House and Senate have charged that the U.S. military punch, despite continued high levels of spending, has eroded dangerously since the Cold War.