08/01/2011 02:44 pm ET | Updated Oct 01, 2011

Debt Ceiling Deal Nails Defense Department Budget

Few things seem certain at this point from the budget deal struck yesterday. One point that three Hill sources agree on is that the Defense Department budget may well be frozen at or near 2011 levels.

That means, a professional Hill staffer says, that the House Appropriations Committee will need to find another $19 billion in cuts from the base budget above and beyond the $9 billion already whacked from the administration's request.

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