The Defense appropriations bill – the twelfth and final House appropriations measure to be brought to the floor – provides $636.3 billion in discretionary budget authority [BA] primarily to the Department of Defense [DoD], including $128.3 billion to support “overseas contingency operations” in Iraq and Afghanistan. When those war funds are excluded, the bill represents a 4- percent increase in base DoD spending over the 2009 enacted non-emergency level. The reported bill cuts the President’s request for DoD by $3.5 billion.
As reported, the bill (H.R. 3326) does not exceed its section 302(b) suballocation and complies with section 302(f) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974. The Chairman of the Budget Committee has provided an adjustment of $128.3 billion in BA and $68.1 billion in budget year outlays to reflect funding for overseas contingency operation war funding, as permitted by section 422(a)(1) of the fiscal year 2010 budget resolution (S.Con.Res 13). While no longer technically designated as “emergency’ funding, the overseas contingency funding is added to the 302(b) subcommittee allocation. The bill complies with its 302(b) allocation in both BA and outlays.
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