House Panel Approves $638 Billion Defense Bill

Thursday, 06 Jun 2013 10:57 AM

By Lisa Barron

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
The House Armed Services Committee approved a bill Thursday authorizing $638 billion in defense spending.

The legislation also includes provisions stripping the authority of commanders to overturn guilty verdicts in military sexual-assault cases, banning the transfer of Guantanamo detainees to the United States, and rejecting new base closures, reports The Hill.

The committee approved the authorization measure by a vote of 59 to 2 — Democratic Reps. Jackie Speier and John Garamendi of California voted against it — after a 16-hour mark-up lasting until 2:14 a.m. Thursday.

The bill grants a $5.1 billion increase for the war in Afghanistan and sets base Pentagon spending at $526.6 billion, the amount requested in President Barack Obama's 2014 budget. That funding level, however, is $52.2 billion over the budget caps set by sequestration, and the Pentagon could be forced to implement another round of across-the-board cuts in 2014 if Congress acts to overturn the sequester.

"I think in this committee there's a growing awareness that sequestration is a fact of life, so whatever we do here today will wind up being reduced by a significant amount," Washington Rep. Adam Smith, the top Democrat on the committee, told The Hill.

The bill moves to the House floor for debate next week, as the Senate Armed Services Committee begins marking up its own version of a defense spending measure in closed session




© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Twitter to Track Which Apps Its Users Have

Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 22:22 PM

If you use Twitter on your cellphone, the social media site will soon begin tracking which apps you use unless you activ . . .

Harry Reid: 'We Sure Do Like' Pope Francis

Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 22:09 PM

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Mormon, says he's an unabashed fan of Roman Catholic Pope Francis. . . .

EU Presses Google for Global 'Right to Be Forgotten'

Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 21:36 PM

The European Union is pressing tech giant Google to expand the right to be forgotten to all its search tools.
A r . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved