June 20, 2014
The U.S. House today approved the fiscal year 2015 Defense Appropriations bill on a bipartisan vote of 340-73. The legislation funds critical national security needs, military operations abroad, and health and quality-of-life programs for the men and women of the Armed Forces and their families.
In total, the bill provides $491 billion in discretionary funding, an increase of $4.1 billion above the fiscal year 2014 enacted level and $200 million above the President’s request. In addition, the bill includes $79.4 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) for the ongoing war efforts abroad, the same level assumed in the President’s budget request and in the House-passed National Defense Authorization Act.
“The bipartisan legislation passed today provides funding for our highest national duty – the security of our country, the sustainment of our military operations, and the well-being of the brave men and women of our Armed Forces. The bill helps to meet the most pressing needs to address current and arising threats to the safety of our nation, while finding ways to trim excess and reduce lower-priority programs without negatively affecting our troops or the success of our military missions,” House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers said.
Defense Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen also praised House passage of the bill.
“Beyond sustaining our men and women in uniform and their families, our goal throughout this bill is to support our warfighters now and in the future, wherever and whenever the next crisis arises,” Chairman Frelinghuysen said. “At the same time, we clearly recognize the nation's debt crisis and found areas and programs where reductions were possible without adversely impacting our Armed Forces. It is important that we make every dollar count without harming readiness or increasing the risks incurred by our troops.”
For House adopted amendments to the bill, please visit: /UploadedFiles/06.20.14_FY_2015_Defense_Bill_-_Floor_Adopted_Amendments.pdf
For text of the bill, please visit: /uploadedfiles/bills-113hr-sc-ap-fy2015-defense-subcommitteedraft.pdf
For the bill report, please visit: /uploadedfiles/hrpt-113-hr-fy2015-defense.pdf