29 May '14, 3pm

US House Panel Proposes $570B for Defense; Adds Monies for Carrier, Growlers

US House Panel Proposes $570B for Defense; Adds Monies for Carrier, Growlers

WASHINGTON — US House defense appropriators moved one step closer Thursday morning to approving $570.4 billion in base and war spending for the Pentagon, including funds for an 11th aircraft carrier and electronic-attack planes. Notably, the lower chamber’s Appropriations Defense subcommittee’s mark of a 2015 military spending bill does not mention the Air Force’s A-10 attack plane fleet, which service officials are proposing to retire to save money. House and Senate authorizers found budgetary offsets to block the move, and the full House Appropriations Committee still could follow suit when it marks up the bill. Aides say the bill should be approved by the subcommittee and sent to the full committee Friday morning. It includes a $491 billion defense appropriations bill and a separate $79.4 billion overseas contingency operations (OCO), or war funding, section. The subcom...

Full article: http://www.defensenews.com/article/20140529/DEFREG02/3052...

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