Defense Secretary Mark Esper and House Armed Services Committee Republican leadership agree that a $738 billion fiscal 2020 Pentagon budget topline is a sufficient compromise, instead of the department receiving more funding under a continuing resolution. The 2019 bipartisan budget bill reduces the White House’s request of a $750 billion defense budget to $738 billion, a $12 billion decrease. House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) supports the two-year ...

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