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After FY14 Budget Agreement, Congress Turns to Debt Ceiling

WASHINGTON — Congressional defense hawks, written off months ago by some as having lost their political punch, are gearing up for a showdown that might prove those proclamations were premature.

Lawmakers fought hard in December to secure relief from across-the-board Pentagon cuts. And they won. Weeks later, an omnibus budget containing a 2014 defense appropriations bill that some analysts calculate will pour over $600 billion — including almost $100 billion for new weapon systems — into the Defense Department’s coffers made it through both chambers of Congress. Another win.

“We won a game yesterday. We win one today, that’s two in a row. We win one tomorrow, that’s called a winning streak. It has happened before,� fictional Cleveland Indians Manager Lou Brown said in the hit 1989 movie, “Major League.�

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