House Appropriations releases defense funding draft

House Appropriations releases defense funding draft
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The House Appropriations Committee released a draft of the fiscal 2018 defense appropriations bill on Sunday.

The legislation would provide $658.1 billion for the Department of Defense, $18.4 billion more than President Trump laid out in his nonbinding budget blueprint.

The Appropriations draft was released ahead of any House Budget Committee text, though that committee is supposed to set the DOD funding level.

The Appropriations subcommittee draft will be considered in a subcommittee meeting on Monday.

The draft includes $584.2 billion in discretionary funding, according to Chairman Rodney FrelinghuysenRodney Procter FrelinghuysenConservative lawmakers met to discuss GOP chairman’s ouster Overnight Finance: GOP delays work on funding bill amid conservative demands | Senate panel approves Fed nominee Powell | Dodd-Frank rollback advances | WH disputes report Mueller subpoenaed Trump bank records Overnight Finance: House approves motion to go to tax conference — with drama | GOP leaders to consider Dec. 30 spending bill | Justices skeptical of ban on sports betting | Mulvaney won't fire official who sued him MORE (R-N.J.), an increase of $68.1 billion from fiscal 2017.

It also provides $73.9 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations/Global War on Terrorism funding. 

“After years of unnecessary and unwise cuts to our national security under the last Administration, this legislation is a step forward in rebuilding our military and ensuring our nation is ready to meet any new or existing threat,” Frelinghuysen said in the statement. “Not only will this bill help provide our troops and commanders with the resources they need to do their jobs, it also will ensure the success of our missions, the safety of our people, and the stability we need around the globe to make a brighter and more secure future for all.”

The bill includes $133 billion for base requirements and $5.3 billion to provide for 1,324,000 active-duty troops and 822,900 National Guard and Reserve troops. It also fully funds a 2.4 percent pay raise for the military.

It also provides $282 million for cancer research, $125 million for traumatic brain injury and psychological health research, and $277 million for sexual assault prevention and response, according to the statement.