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Defense Secretary Mark Esper began notifying lawmakers which projects will be canceled in their districts. “It is a slap in the face to the members of the Armed Forces,” Sen. Chuck Schumer said.
The compromise was negotiated between the administration and Hill leaders and avoids a fiscal fight around the 2020 election. The deal suspends the debt limit for 2 years, heading off a default.
Lawmakers are still waiting to hear the price tag on this year’s event. Thursday’s celebration is expected to feature military hardware and a speech by President Trump at the Lincoln Memorial.