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Recommendation of Defense funding released by Senate Appropriations

The Senate Committee on Appropriations today released the FY2018 chairman’s recommendation and explanatory statement for the Department of Defense.

This is a press release

The recommendation provides $581.3 billion in base Department of Defense funding, $15.4 billion above the President’s budget request, and $64.9 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding, roughly equal to the President’s budget request.  In addition to these amounts, the Chairman’s recommendation includes $4.5 billion in emergency funding, as requested by the President, for Missile Defeat and Defense Enhancements.

“This proposal recommends funding for programs necessary to protect U.S. national security interests.  However, we still require a budget agreement to establish a top-line funding level for national defense spending,” said Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), who also chairs the Subcommittee on Defense.

“I am optimistic we will be able to write a final bill that supports a strong U.S. force structure and makes needed investments in readiness, shipbuilding programs, aircraft procurement, and missile defense,” he said.

Text of Draft FY2018 Defense Appropriations Bill:

Explanatory statement:

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