16 Nov '17, 6am

More Europe-based troops considered in House budget

Lawmakers want the military to draw up a strategy for stationing more troops in Europe and to reconsider future base closures, given concerns about a more assertive Russia. The version of the National Defense Authorization Act approved by the House on Tuesday also calls for $4.6 billion dedicated to deterring Russia in Europe to be shifted from contingency accounts to the Defense Department’s base budget. Military officials have long advocated such a shift, arguing that money drawn from the main budget pot is a more reliable funding stream. To go forward, the $700 billion bill must pass the Senate and would require elimination of the 2011 Budget Control Act, which caps military spending. The U.S. “should develop and implement a policy and strategy ... to deter and, if necessary, defeat Russian aggression, which will require enhancing United States military capability and c...

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