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House, Senate split on killing B83 and SLCM-N
House authorizers want to kill a megaton-capable gravity bomb and a nuclear-tipped, sea-launched cruise missile, but their counterparts in the Senate do not. The split on the Hill over the two weapons, which the Joe Biden administration wants to kill, was revealed Thursday in dueling National Defense Authorization Acts (NDAA) for fiscal year 2023.  Democrats control both chambers of Congress, but only by a razor-thin, 51-50 margin in the Senate, where the party needs Vice President Kamala Harris’ tie breaking vote on the floor. Senate committees, meanwhile, are evenly split. Republicans have opposed, as a bloc, canceling the weapons.  The Senate Armed Services Committee approved its NDAA behind closed doors…
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