SENATE PANEL APPROVES $602B DEFENSE BILL
SOURCE: THE HILL
The Senate version of an annual defense policy bill would not shift $18 billion from a war fund for base requirements, setting up a conflict with the House.
The Senate Armed Services Committee passed the bill Thursday 23-3 in closed session. On Thursday evening, the committee released a summary confirming what Chairman John McCainJohn McCainSenate panel approves 2B defense bill Overnight Defense: Senate panel approves 2B defense bill Immigration groups bring taco bowls to GOP lawmakers MORE (R-Ariz.) has hinted at in recent weeks – that his bill would deviate from the House.
In releasing details of the Senate’s 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), McCain touted various reforms to Pentagon leadership and buying programs.
“This is a reform bill,” McCain said in written statement. “The NDAA contains the most sweeping reforms of the organization of the Department of Defense in a generation.”
The Senate version of the NDAA would authorize $602 billion for defense spending. That would be split between $543 billion for the base and $59 billion for a war fund known as the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) fund.
Of the OCO, $5 billion would be used for base requirements, as well, the same amount as in the Obama administration’s budget request.
The House version would authorize $610 billion for defense spending. But it would take an extra $18 billion from the war fund, for a total of $23 million, to use for base requirements.