Smith looking for balance between GOP defense hawks and progressive Dems

By Tony Bertuca / June 10, 2019 at 1:36 PM
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) says he is trying to position the fiscal year 2020 defense authorization bill to engage not only Republicans in the Senate, where the GOP has a majority ready to fight for higher spending and resist restrictions on nuclear weapons, but also members of his own caucus in the House, where Democratic leaders have increasingly been at odds with the party's progressive wing. "I'm mindful we're going to have to negotiate," he told...

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