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Rising Drug Costs the Real Stumbling Block for Defense Measure

Congressional debate over the annual defense policy measure often centers on hot-button issues such as the future of the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, the fate of huge weapons systems and whether to lift budget caps.

This year, a dispute over a bread-and-butter matter -- how to pay for the rising cost of prescription drugs -- may be most vexing of all for lawmakers who are trying to close a deal on the bill, H.R. 1735, that would authorize more than $620 billion in defense-related spending.