WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the defense authorizing and appropriations committees, released the following statement today in response to President Barack Obama's announcement regarding troop levels in Afghanistan:

"If we are going to leave forces in Afghanistan, we should leave enough people to do the job. The president can't know what the situation will look like in Afghanistan two years from now. By announcing the next cuts this far in advance, the president's plan won't provide the stability that America's servicemembers and their families, who sacrifice and endure loss of life and health, deserve."

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