House defense bill boosts spending on fighter jets, ships

Postado Junho 24, 2017

House Armed Services chairman Mac Thornberry told reporters Thursday he plans to set the topline of the House's annual defense authorization bill to $640 billion, along with a $65 billion war budget.

The Pentagon budget makes up about 95% of the overall Trump administration defense budget request of $603 billion, which also includes nuclear spending in the Department of Energy and military construction.

The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) will mark up the FY2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on June 28, 2017 beginning at 10:00 am ET in 2118 Rayburn House Office Building.

Plus some fiscal hawks in the House are wary of spending even more on defense. But the Texas Republican added that it could change if a compromise was reached, and Thornberry agreed to move forward with the budget committee numbers, according to three sources familiar with the legislation.

It also could be in conflict with Congress' budget.

The defense authorization bill sets Pentagon policy and authorizes spending, while the appropriations committee allocates funding.

The sequestration figure for the spending budget is $549 billion.

To support defense innovation and emerging technologies, the mark includes provisions for advancing hypersonic weapons research and development, recommending the chairman fully fund the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the Chemical and Biological Defense Program, and the Cooperative Threat Reduction; and addresses military service unfunded requirements for operations within a WMD environment.

The bill also would provide a major boost to missile defense, with $319 million to procure new THAAD missile interceptors and $158 million for additional SM-3 block 1B interceptors.

"It'll be well north of that", Wittman said.