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Democrats unveil plan to increase troop strength

House Democrats are fueling the longstanding debate over the demand to increase U.S. military troop numbers with new legislation that would increase Army, Air Force and Marine Corps end strength by 8 percent over the next five years.

Winners in military construction bill hope to stave off base closures

The fiscal 2004 military construction spending bill President Bush recently signed into law represents a multimillion-dollar investment in the future of military facilities around the country, possibly making them less vulnerable to the Pentagon's next round of base closing decisions.