21 Jun '16, 10pm

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UPDATED to clarify WASHINGTON: Senate authorizers will probably go along with the House in adding $18 billion to the base defense budget , setting up a veto fight with the White House. After all, it was Senate Armed Services chairman John McCain himself who sponsored the $18 billion plus-up in the Senate, where it was narrowly defeated. Today, SASC’s staff director, Chris Brose , gave what we’d consider strong clues that McCain would agree to add the money in the upcoming House-Senate conference on the National Defense Authorization Act. That said, the House and Senate approaches on how to add the money are significantly different, so majority support for McCain’s model doesn’t guarantee a House-Senate compromise will pass the Senate. On the surface, Brose and his House Armed Services counterpart, Bob Simmons, were carefully noncommittal in this afternoon’s extraordinary o...

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