WASHINGTON â€” 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 â€” including almost $100 billion for new weapon systems â€” into the Defense Departmentâ€™s coffers made it through both chambers of Congress. Another win.
â€œWe won a game yesterday. We win one today, thatâ€™s two in a row. We win one tomorrow, thatâ€™s called a winning streak. It has happened before,â€� fictional Cleveland Indians Manager Lou Brown said in the hit 1989 movie, â€œMajor League.â€�
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