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Republicans struggle to present unified front over 2016 budget
Republicans struggle to present unified front over 2016 budget

Congressional Republicans are poised Tuesday to release their proposed 2016 budget, an annual blueprint that usually serves as a political rallying cry for smaller government. This year, however, with Republican majorities in both chambers of Congress, the process promises to ignite a fresh round of GOP infighting as the party faces the limits of its budget-slashing aspirations. The party’s ambitious goals to rein in the nation’s $18-trillion debt will require deeply painful reductions in government spending that GOP defense hawks refuse to stomach, particularly when it comes to the Pentagon. But faced with pressure from fiscal conservatives for a tough approach that cuts...

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