By Jeremy Herb - 03/20/13 08:09 PM EDT
Lawmakers reacted angrily to the services’ decision to cut funding for tuition assistance, which Pentagon officials said was a difficult but necessary choice because of the across-the-board budget cuts under sequestration.
Another amendment from Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) that would have cut money from the military’s biofuels program was defeated in a 40-59 vote.
Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) had hoped to have her amendment considered to cut $380 million for funding the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS), but it was not included in the final amendments that received votes.
Despite the Senate’s move to reverse the tuition assistance cuts, the Pentagon is still happy overall that the CR is passing, because it includes a Defense appropriations bill. That will allow the Pentagon to move roughly $10 billion into its operations and maintenance accounts that were facing shortfalls.