Congress is entering a new phase of negotiations to keep the government running. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), chairman of the Senate committee that controls spending, on Nov. 21 issued a markup of the defense spending bill for fiscal 2018 that would provide a total of $645.9 billion.  The bill includes hundreds of millions more than President Donald Trump’s initial budget request for military aviation platforms. On top of that, it adds $1 billion to the president’s request ...

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