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House Appropriations Committee Approves Fiscal Year 2014 Defense Appropriations Bill
Legislation will provide funding for critical national security programs, the health and safety of U.S. troops, and military operations overseas

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Washington, Jun 12, 2013 -

The House Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year 2014 Defense Appropriations bill. The legislation includes funding for critical national security needs, and provides the resources needed to continue the nation’s military efforts abroad. In addition, the bill provides essential funding for health and quality of life programs for the men and women of the Armed Forces and their families.

In total, the bill provides $512.5 billion in non-war funding, a decrease of $5.1 billion below the fiscal year 2013 enacted level and $3.4 billion below the President’s request. This is approximately $28.1 billion above the current level caused by automatic sequestration spending cuts. The bill also includes $85.8 billion in war funding for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO).

“This bill makes the hard choices to keep our nation safe, secure, and constantly prepared for whatever threats we may face. It provides funding to advance our missions abroad, to prepare and equip our troops, and to ensure the effectiveness of the world’s greatest military,” House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers said, “And, given our current budget challenges, it reflects common-sense decisions that save taxpayer dollars wherever possible – without affecting the safety or success of our troops and missions.”

“This bill provides the Department with the much needed resources required to modernize and maintain readiness at the levels needed for our military to preserve its standing as the most capable and superior armed forces in the world. I applaud the Committee for approving it today, and urge its quick passage on the House floor,” Defense Subcommittee Chairman C.W. Bill Young said.

The following amendments to the fiscal year 2014 Defense Appropriations bill were approved today by the full committee:

Rep. Young – The manager’s amendment makes technical and non-controversial changes to the bill and report. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

DeLauro – The amendment prohibits funding for equipment purchases from the Rosoboronexport company, unless certain conditions are met, such as a prohibition on Rosoboronexport contracts with Syria, and a requirement that contracts be competitively bid. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

Moran – The amendment requires a portion of the funding for the Afghan National Security Forces be used for the recruitment and retention of women. The amendment was adopted on a 24-22 vote.

The bill was approved by the full committee on a voice vote. 

For text of the bill and report, please visit:

http://appropriations.house.gov/uploadedfiles/bills-113hr-fc-ap-fy2014-ap00-defense.pdf and

http://appropriations.house.gov/uploadedfiles/hrpt-113-hr-fy2014-defense.pdf

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