27 Nov '14, 9pm

#Military Update: Late-hour benefit fight has #defense bill on the ropes: @Military_Update http…

Knocking heads over provisions of the defense bill are the retiring chairmen of the armed services committees, Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., left, and Rep. Harold “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif. Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes A dispute between House and Senate armed services committees over whether to slow growth in military housing allowances and raise off-base pharmacy co-payments has put at risk passage of a defense authorization bill. “This is as bad as I’ve ever seen it,” said one armed service committee staffer, describing the impasse between House-Senate negotiators striving to reach a defense policy bill compromise two months into the new fiscal year. If no deal can be struck, this Congress would be the first in 52 years not to enact a bill to shape defense policy and resets budget priorities. It would mean no new programs, thousands of hours of wasted effort on Capitol Hill,...

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