29 Jun '17, 8pm

US House panel sends $658.1B DoD spending bill to floor

WASHINGTON — The House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee approved $658.1 billion in 2018 defense spending on Thursday. The measure, headed to the House floor, includes $584.2 billion in base funding and $73.9 billion in budget cap-exempt wartime funding. The committee’s overall funding level, as proposed, would be $68.1 billion above the current fiscal year. The bill includes a surprise amendment that would repeal the 2001 authorization of the use of military force that’s been used to cover wars in Afghanistan and Iraq — and the more recent war against the Islamic State. The language received almost immediate pushback, and it's not immediately clear what impact it will have on the host funding bill. Click here for more budget coverage from Defense News. The House appropriations bill busts statutory budget caps set at $549 billion under the Budget Control Act. Pro-defense...

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