29 Jun '17, 4am

House armed services panel overwhelmingly passes FY18 defense policy bill

WASHINGTON — The House Armed Services Committee voted 60-1 to authorize $696.5 billion in defense spending for 2018, which adds $21 billion of $31 billion of DoD-requested weapons programs left unfunded by the Trump budget request. Chairman Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, said the National Defense Authorization Act takes “significant steps toward rebuilding the military” and a 355-ship Navy, with $6 billion added for shipbuilding. “There are many moving pieces to the broader budget picture that will develop over this year, but for today and for our responsibilities as the Armed Services Committee, it is important for us to put down this marker for what we need for national defense,” he said. But the committee’s top Democrat, Rep. Adam Smith, countered that Congress has “vastly over-promised” on what it can deliver on defense spending, given its dynamics. The bill’s base-budget ex...

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