February 8, 2018
Republicans supporting a proposed bipartisan budget package include defense hawks who say military readiness has been harmed by years of automatic budget cuts known as sequestration. The budget bill boosts defense spending by $165 billion over two years. (Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Alex Corona/aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt )
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Republicans rode the tea party wave to power eight years ago on a message of fiscal responsibility and attacking budget deficits, and kept at it during President Barack Obama's two terms.