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The U.S. Senate has passed its defense spending bill, and now the House is debating its version. Divisions over the bill between the left and right are threatening a stalemate in the House.

The White House asked for $750 billion in spending, the Senate approved $746 billion and the House version at present would fund $733 billion. The House has begun working through a large set of amendments, and there’s room for legitimate debate on many issues.

It’s encouraging that the call to do away with land-based strategic nuclear missiles lacks significant support. Maintaining all three legs of the nuclear triad enhances deterrence.

Debate in the House is fine, but at the end of the day, members have a duty to reach reasonable compromise, move the bill forward and work out final agreement with the Senate.

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