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Extra defense money faces huge Senate hurdle


Defense hawks scored a win by securing more cash for the Pentagon in the Senate budget — but that victory could prove short-lived. Republicans on the Budget Committee voted recently to boost the Pentagon's budget by $38 billion at the urging of hawks, like Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire. The addition was essential for getting Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., to back the overall fiscal blueprint. more

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