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Joint Chiefs Chairman Presses Congress To Act On Defense Bill

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is pressuring Congress to act this year on a defense policy bill.

Army Gen. Martin Dempsey wrote to House and Senate leaders on Monday warning that allowing the defense bill to slip to January would add more uncertainty to the force and complicate the work of military commanders.

Dempsey also said he fears delay could put the bill at risk.

The Democratic and Republican leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services Committee have reached agreement on a compromise measure, with plans to reveal the details Monday afternoon.

Dempsey's letter adds pressure on House and Senate leaders to vote on the compromise before the House adjourns at week's end.

The Associated Press obtained a copy of the letter.

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