$578B defense spending bill heads to the floor
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Mar 03, 2017
The House Appropriations Committee on March 2 introduced a fiscal 2017 defense spending bill that will fund military operations overseas, ensure readiness to meet global threats and provide funding for military health and safety programs.
The $577.9 billion budget is an increase of $5.2 billion over the fiscal year 2016 and includes $516.1 billion in base discretionary funding, which is an increase of $2 billion more than current levels —and $61.8 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO)/Global War on Terrorism funding—$3.2 billion above current levels, according to a committee news release.
The bill also calls for $132.1 billion to $128.7 billion for base requirements and $3.4 billion for OCO/GWOT requirements to provide for 1,305,900 active-duty troops and 813,200 Guard and Reserve troops, and fully funds the authorized 2.1 percent pay raise for the military, instead of 1.6 percent as requested under the previous administration.
The Defense Health Program, which provides care to military personnel, their families and retirees, will receive $34.1 billion. It provides $312 million for cancer research, $125 million for traumatic brain injury and psychological health research, and $296 million for sexual assault prevention and response.
“This legislation provides responsible funding to ensure that our troops have the resources they need to remain the very best in the world, and to fulfill the mission of protecting our country and our way of life,” Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen said. “Enacting this essential legislation into law is paramount to our security,” he added.