House panel backs $601 billion defense bill , spares aircraft, ships despite Pentagon pleas

  • by: DONNA CASSATA , Associated Press
  • Updated: May 8, 2014 - 10:30 AM

WASHINGTON — The A-10 Warthog, military bases scattered around the country and the generous housing allowance for service members survived the budget knife early Thursday morning as a House panel rebuffed Pentagon pleas and approved a $601 billion defense bill that spares ships, planes and benefits.

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