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House Appropriators Seek 5% Pentagon Budget Increase, Steep Civilian Agency Cuts

Capitol_BuildingThe House Appropriations Committee unveiled a fiscal year 2014 budget plan Thursday would increase Pentagon funding by 5 percent and implement double-digit cuts for some civilian agencies, Federal Times reported Thursday.

Sean Reilly writes the committee’s proposed budget includes $967 billion in federal discretionary spending, 2 percent less than fiscal 2013 figures and excluding items such as overseas war and disaster relief funds.

Reilly reports the panel proposed a 19 percent total budget cut to the departments of Education, Labor and Health and Human Services from the fiscal 2013 post-sequestration cap.

Appropriators also proposed cutting the State Department and foreign operations budget by 16 percent, according to the report.

Funding for the departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development would suffer a 9 percent reduction under the committee’s plan.

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