June 29, 2017
The House Appropriations Committee today approved the fiscal year 2018 Defense Appropriations bill on a voice vote. The legislation funds the Department of Defense – including operations, readiness activities, and health and quality-of-life programs for our troops and military families.
The legislation provides a total of $658.1 billion for the Department of Defense. This includes $584.2 billion in discretionary funding – an increase of $68.1 billion above the fiscal year 2017 enacted level and $18.4 billion above the President’s Defense budget request. The bill also provides $73.9 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO)/Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) funding.
“After years of unnecessary and unwise cuts to our national security under the last Administration, this legislation is a step forward in rebuilding our military and ensuring our nation is ready to meet any new or existing threat,” Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen said. “Not only will this bill help provide our troops and commanders with the resources they need to do their jobs, it also will ensure the success of our missions, the safety of our people, and the stability we need around the globe to make a brighter and more secure future for all.”
“Our armed forces must be able to respond to threats from countries like Russia and China, deter rogue states like Iran and North Korea, and crush violent extremists who adhere to no fixed borders. This bill reflects what our military leaders have recommended in countless meetings and briefings and demonstrates our commitment to restoring military readiness, force modernization efforts, and maintaining technological superiority on the battlefield. The last thing we want is to permit our enemies a fair fight,” said Defense Subcommittee Chairwoman Kay Granger.
The following amendments to the bill were adopted by the full committee today:
Rep. Granger – The manager’s amendment makes technical and non-controversial changes to the bill and report. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
Rep. Lee – The amendment repeals the Authorization of Use of Military Force (AUMF) that was enacted after 9/11 (Public Law 107-40; U.S.C. 1541 note). It would go into effect 240 days after enactment of the bill. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
The bill was approved by the Committee on a voice vote.
For a bill summary, please visit: https://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=394930
For the bill report, please visit: https://appropriations.house.gov/uploadedfiles/hrpt-115-hr.pdf
For the text of the bill, please visit: https://appropriations.house.gov/uploadedfiles/bills-115hr-sc-ap-fy2018-defense-defense.pdf