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Reports: 101 GOP Lawmakers Back Obama’s $561B DoD Base Budget Request

CapitolDomeRep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio) leads a group of more than 100 House Republicans who call for Congress to lift the spending caps and put $561 billion in base funding for the Defense Department, The Hill reported Monday.

Kristina Wong writes that the group wrote a letter to House leadership about the need to increase the base defense budget in line with President Barack Obama’s budget request and prevent a full-year continuing resolution.

The report said Turner, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee’s tactical air and land forces subcommittee, spearheaded the letter to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).

“Seeking to fund our defense activities through a full-year continuing resolution would bring about devastating consequences to our national security and would amount to an abdication of our principal duty to ‘provide for the common defense’ of the nation,” the letter said, according to the report.

Joe Gould also reports on Defense News that the demand from the House defense hawks presents an additional challenge to the proposed defense policy bill that would maintain the spending caps and put the base budget shortfall into the overseas contingency operations funds.

The report said 37 organizations have also sent a letter last week to support Obama’s plan to veto the bill.

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