Competing priorities rule out a Republican move to trump Clinton with an extra $30 billion a year for new weapons Congressional Republicans promise to beef up President Clinton's 2001 defense plan, assailing his $60-billion procurement request as no more than a down payment on a modernization shortfall that will take 10 years to remedy. Yet, Congress may not come much closer than the White House to a major procurement boost. Unremitting operational expenses and the high cost of ...

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