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The Pentagon unveiled its $534 billion dollar budget request on Monday, officially breaking the limit set in place by sequestration by approximately $36 billion dollars and causing military groups to ready for a fight on cuts to pay and benefits for troops.
Now that the budget cap of $499 billion has been violated, Congress faces two choices: kill the spending caps, or start making painful incisions into the proposed Pentagon budget. For the last two years, the executive branch has come to an agreement with Congress on budgetary figures which exceed sequestration, but a similar agreement is not at all forthcoming this time around, mostly because of a Republican-dominated Congress which will square off with Defense Secretary Ash Carter in hearings.