DEFENSE: Coalition for Cuts

It has been a quiet revolution, largely unpublicized because the procedures are complex and the subject matter is arcane. This week Congress is expected to pass and send to the White House a defense budget of $90.4 billion for the current fiscal year. This is $7.5 billion less than the Administration's request, but the reduction is not as important as the manner in which Congress decided to make the cuts. The bill was the first major test of Congress's will to live up to its bold ideal of setting its own spending ceilings and sticking to them.

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