Congress showing rare discipline on defense budget -- for now

05/14/2009 | Reuters

As the Senate Appropriations Committee meets to vote on the 2009 wartime supplemental spending bill, Chairman Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, vows to pass a "clean" bill free of earmarks for members' pet projects. So far, experts say the White House and congressional leaders have been unusually successful in maintaining discipline, but some question how long that can last. "My suspicion is that the (defense) secretary won't be able to hold this firm line indefinitely," says one congressional aide. "This is sort of a unique moment in time."

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