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    Pentagon Funding in Question After House Fight over Speakership

    Pentagon Funding in Question After House Fight over Speakership

    The protracted battle over electing a House speaker — and the concessions Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., made to hard-liners in his party to finally win the job — is raising concerns that the defense budget could see billions of dollars in cuts after years of booming increases.

    One of the promises McCarthy made to win over his critics was to trim overall government spending to the dollar figure it was in fiscal 2022 — a more than $100 billion difference compared to this year. Republicans and Democrats will no doubt be divided on how to get there, potentially putting the Pentagon's relatively large budget in the crosshairs.

    Some Republicans are stressing the cuts don't have to come from any specific agency, such as the Defense Department, and are promising that other domestic funding will be slashed rather than funding. But the Senate, which is still controlled by Democrats, and President Joe Biden are unlikely to accept such significant domestic cuts.

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    That raises the prospect of either cuts to defense or, just as alarming to the Pentagon, gridlock that results in a government shutdown.

    The possibility of McCarthy's speakership side deals hitting the defense budget led one Republican on Monday night to vote against a package of rules that will govern House conduct in the recently started 118th Congress, though the…

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