Home / DoD / House Armed Services Committee Authorizes DoD Funds

House Armed Services Committee Authorizes DoD Funds

Photo: defense.gov

The House Armed Services Committee overwhelmingly voted to approve $553 billion in defense authorizations, part of what The Associated Press called a “broad defense blueprint,” which includes funding for a 1.6 percent increase in military pay, a number of weapons programs and additional money for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The full House will consider the bill, which is also chock full of potentially contentious policy prescriptions, in two weeks.

For example, the bill attempts to resurrect the alternative engine for the Joint Strike Fighter, which was officially canceled by the Pentagon last month. According to the bill, if DoD asks Congress for more money for the original design (which is likely) Congress could OK reopening the alternative engine program.

The committee voted to restrict the president’s authority to curtail the U.S. nuclear arsenal, calling into question U.S.-Russia arms-control agreements, such as the New START Treaty ratified by the Senate in December.

The panel also voted to require all four service chiefs to sign off on “don’t ask, don’t tell” plans.

Check Also

Four Universities to Manage Nuclear Research Centers Under DOE NNSA Partnerships

The Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration has selected four universities to operate new centers of excellence under a shared allotment of $40.5M. These new centers will work to foster collaboration between the NNSA and academia under the Stewardship Science Academic Alliances program, the DOE said Monday.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *