Senate: Muted Response To Pentagon Budget Proposal from House

Posted March 18, 2015 at 5:15am

Defense News reports that “Senators are giving a lukewarm assessment to a House Republican plan to inflate the Pentagon’s annual budget by swelling the war-funding account.”  

“House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., on Tuesday rolled out the Republican’s 2016 federal budget resolution. Among myriad other proposals is one that would, if it passes the full House and Senate, give defense authorizers and appropriators $39 billion above the Pentagon’s $561 billion request when they craft their annual Pentagon bills.”  

“The Obama administration requested $561 billion for national defense, $38 billion above spending caps set by the 2011 Budget Control Act. The administration also is seeking $50.9 billion for the overseas contingency operations (OCO) account. That would be a total of $611.9 billion.”