Bitter budget fight heads to Congress

My column in MSNBC looks at the budget fight brewing in Congress over defense and domestic spending:

Despite the budget impasse between parties, the congressional majority did something remarkable in their budget resolution this year: they agreed that President Obama’s defense budget for the next 10 years – including over $600 billion this year – is roughly the right amount of investment in our national defense.

The majority’s embrace of President Obama’s defense budget is a dramatic shift. Just months ago, many conservatives were calling for huge increases in national defense spending. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) and other prominent conservatives had been advocating spending tens of billions more on defense, going back to the sky-high defense budgets we had during the peak of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Since both sides now agree on how much money should be used for defense spending, why not just agree to get rid of the Budget Control Act spending caps?

The problem is that there is still a deep divide about the right amount of domestic spending. The House and Senate majority don’t want to reverse any of the spending cuts for domestic priorities, even though they want to let the Pentagon spend over the budget caps.

Read the full column here.


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