A tale of two -- or three -- toplines emerges as budget battle consumes defense bill

By Tony Bertuca / June 14, 2019 at 10:32 AM
Just eight months ago, the Pentagon was planning for two defense budgets -- and both were lower than the $750 billion now being advocated by congressional Republicans. Now, Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate are at odds over whether the Pentagon needs that amount for fiscal year 2020 or could make do with $733 billion -- the topline the Defense Department originally sought. Meanwhile, the spending battle that has enveloped the FY-20 defense budget threatens to stall Congress'...

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