Rep. Buck McKeon, R-Calif., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, testified before Congress on the importance of ensuring decent pay and benefits for members of the U.S. military. McKeon was close to tears, observers say, as he described the effect of further defense cuts by the congressional supercommittee. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said at a news conference that the military had "taken more than their fair share of hits."

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