House panel denies cuts to Army network

The Pentagon submitted the large reprogramming request to Congress in order to help deal with shortfalls in its operations and maintenance accounts due to automatic sequestration cuts.

The reprogramming must be approved by the four defense committees: House and Senate Armed Services and Appropriations.

In a letter to Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale obtained by The Hill, House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) and ranking member Adam Smith (D-Wash.) wrote that the WIN-T program provides enhanced communications and was “essential to the Army’s top modernization program.”

Lawmakers with a stake in the General Dynamics WIN-T program lobbied against the reprogramming cut, including Massachusetts Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D) and Mo Cowan (D).

The Armed Services Committee’s reprogramming denial was first reported by Politico.