President Joe Biden’s defense budget may be headed for another defeat at the hands of Democrats on Capitol Hill.

The House Armed Services Committee will weigh in on Biden’s $715 billion Pentagon budget proposal on Wednesday when it debates annual defense policy legislation. The debate has split Democrats, but party leaders may not be able to hold back an emerging bipartisan drive to boost defense spending.

Punaro said a defense hike “has a good chance of passing” in part because vulnerable Democrats will likely see that “there is no mileage in voting against an increase that is going to happen.”

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