Breaking the Defense Deadlock

MX foes get four more chances to kill the bird

The impasse over the defense budget had almost threatened to destroy the already shaky process through which Congress determines how federal funds will be spent. But after wrangling for months in the partisan atmosphere of an election year, leaders of the Republican Senate, the Democratic House and the Reagan Administration finally reached agreement last week on military spending. The compromise included goodies for all participants. But on the stickiest issue, the future of the MX missile, House Democrats came out a clear winner.

The accord reached by Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker, House...

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