19 May '17, 8am

New defense budget poised to meet lower expectations

WASHINGTON — Pro-military U.S. lawmakers believe the Pentagon needs a major boost above U.S. President Donald Trump's budget, but it’s unlikely Congress will oblige this year. Trump's 2018 budget request is itself a placeholder at $603 billion — $18.5 billion more than the Obama administration projected for 2018. On the high end is the $640 billion target advanced by the House and Senate armed services committee chairmen, which they say is needed to repair a military readiness crisis Obama left behind. But powerful House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee Chairwoman Kay Granger, R-Texas, said Thursday that $603 billion for the 2018 defense appropriations bill is "reasonable" and that $640 billion — which exceeds statutory budget caps by roughly $90 billion — won't be reached “unless something drops from heaven.”

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