House Republicans and Barack Obama, the Democratic president with whom they so
often are at odds, have something in common after all. Neither side appears
interested in voiding deep cuts to planned Pentagon spending in fiscal 2014.
is like a [base-closure round] for the defense budget,” said former Clinton
White House defense budget official Gordon Adams. “Everyone gets to blame
everyone else. The Republicans can blame the White House. And the White House
can blame the Republicans.
is legislating to sequester spending levels. We’re moving toward another
continuing resolution and appropriations bills that can’t be conferenced, then
a debt-ceiling fight, then another sequester,” said Adams, now with the Stimson
Center. “Didn’t we just go to this movie? It’s beginning to look like ‘Groundhog
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