Leading appropriators in the U.S. Congress have opted to use a budget scalpel to meet lower spending caps in their $1.01 trillion fiscal 2014 omnibus measure, rather than wielding the equivalent of a butcher knife and cutting whole defense capabilities. The approach foreshadows how Congress will treat the Obama administration’s fiscal 2015 budget request, expected within months, despite arguments by Pentagon leaders and some analysts last year that the 2011 Budget Control Act ...

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