Appropriations Subcommittee Approves Fiscal Year 2021 Defense Funding Bill
WASHINGTON — The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense today approved by voice vote is fiscal year 2021 bill. For fiscal year 2021, the bill provides $694.6 billion in new discretionary spending authority for the Department of Defense for functions under the Defense Subcommittee’s jurisdiction, an increase of $1.3 billion above the FY 2020 enacted level, and $3.7 billion below the President’s budget request. This includes $626.2 billion in base funding, an increase of $3.5 billion above the FY 2020 enacted level, and $3.5 billion below the President’s request. It also includes $68.4 billion for OCO/GWOT funding in title IX, a decrease of $2.2 billion below the FY 2020 enacted level, and $200 million below the President’s request.
The bill next heads to the full Committee for markup.
“This bill builds upon the efforts the Committee undertook last year regarding the morale and quality of life issues of those in uniform, their families, DoD civilians, and defense communities,” said House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense Chairman Pete Visclosky. “The bill provides a 3.0 percent pay raise for our servicemembers and again increases funding for military childcare facilities. I regret that this bill again must contain provisions to rein in the Department’s habitual redirection of funding in contravention of Congressional intent. As we move forward in the FY 2021 process, I look forward to continuing to work with all Members of Congress to complete our work.”
“This bill provides the Defense Department with appropriate resources to address an evolving threat landscape and ensure the security of our nation and our allies,” said House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey. “The bill ensures that our servicemembers are well-trained and equipped and that they are prepared for future military needs. It also includes the full funding necessary to provide servicemembers with a 3.0 percent pay raise. We have the most capable and advanced military in the world, and this bill honors their mission by adequately funding programs to care for servicemembers and their families, and by including provisions to end the Trump administration’s theft of defense funds to pay for a wasteful border wall.”