Cochran to Push for More Armor

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In his role as chairman of the powerful Appropriations Committee, U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran says he will push for more federal spending for military armor.

Cochran, who takes over the committee next year, made that comment Tuesday, but said a $500 billion deficit will force Congress and President Bush to find other ways to economize.

The senator said the deficit is reason for concern as it could affect just how much federal money flows into Mississippi and other states. He said the lithmus test for all programs will be its national significance.

However, Cochran says funding for military armor will be a priority of Congress.

U.S. soldiers have complained that they have to scrounge in landfills for scrap metal and discarded bullet-resistant glass to provide armor for their vehicles.