The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a $604.5 billion defense bill that was practically obsolete even before it was passed. “You don’t see me smiling,” said committee Chairman Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) after the bill’s Aug. 2 markup. The reason: House and Senate leadership have reached an agreement on a six-month continuing resolution that would fund the government at the level ordered by the Budget Control Act passed one year ago. By next March, half of the ...


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