In the House of Representatives, the question of where the money will come from to pay for massive military spending increases is one no one wants to answer. At the same time, there appears to be broad support for spending that money anyhow.
They may not get their way, however, as Senate Republicans released their alternative budget, a starkly different version that kept military spending caps in place, along with massive cuts to social programs with an eye toward a 2025 balanced budget.
Democrats are likely to oppose both House and Senate versions, as the bills both aim to repeal Obamacare and try to cut a lot of money from food stamps and Medicaid.
The real fight is likely to be within the Republican Party, along the growing divide between deficit hawks worried about out of control spending, and the usual hawks who want dramatically expensive military budgets.
In either case, the US military budget will be dramatically bigger than any other on the planet, and the question is just how much bigger.
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