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Defense bill caught in Congress' political wrangling: For 51 years of war and peace, Republicans and Dem... #navy

WASHINGTON — For 51 years of war and peace, Republicans and Democrats rallied around a bill to pay the troops, buy ships and aircraft and set military policy. Last week, the Senate couldn’t even agree on votes. Under pressure from President Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., was determined to avoid a vote on adding a new batch of tough penalties against Iran to the National Defense Authorization Act as negotiators held nuclear talks in Switzerland. A deal announced Sunday temporarily freezes Iran’s nuclear program. Reid wasn’t keen on replaying a fight over the health care law, opening up contentious issues such as government spying or allowing probably the last bill out of Congress this year to become a magnet for other matters. “Everyone has to understand this is not going to be an open amendment process,” Reid told his colleagues as he sought to li...

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