Senate GOP leader vows action on Pentagon budget

The Associated Press
Wednesday, March 16, 2011; 12:42 PM

WASHINGTON -- The top Republican in the Senate says he's confident that Congress will adopt the Pentagon's budget when a stopgap funding bill runs out in April.

Sen. Mitch McConnell says that while he'll support a three-week temporary spending measure in a vote this week, any further legislation to fund the government will have to include the $500 billion-plus Pentagon budget.

The Kentucky Republican also said House GOP leaders have assured him that any future government funding bill - whether it's a full-year measure endorsed by President Barack Obama or yet another stopgap measure - will contain the defense money.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has grown increasingly anxious for his agency's budget as a quarrel between Democrats and Republicans has led to an impasse over funding agency budgets through September.

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