Republicans have long liked to say that they’re hawkish on both defending the nation and balancing budgets.

But that sentiment faced its biggest test in years over the last couple weeks, as GOP lawmakers sparred over a comparatively small sliver of war funding in congressional budget debates.

In the end, both the House and the Senate passed fiscal frameworks that poured tens of billions of extra dollars into a fund for overseas combat operations, over the objections of budget hawks that wanted spending cuts to offset at least some of those increases.

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