Pentagon’s ‘hardball’ memo stokes budget fight

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Pentagon’s ‘hardball’ memo stokes budget fight

by: Travis J. Tritten | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: September 07, 2016

WASHINGTON – Lawmakers were barely back to work on the defense budget Tuesday when a bitter fight flared again over a leaked Pentagon memo.

The internal document detailed the Defense Department’s plan to play “hardball” with Congress this year and pit lawmakers against each other to defeat the House’s controversial effort to boost military spending by $18 billion, which could provide the biggest troop pay raise in years and reverse an Army drawdown.

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