Leaders of the House and Senate armed services committees have finalized a strategy to insert $5 billion of potential military funding cuts in the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.
Karoun Demirjian writes the congressional negotiators modified a $612-billion NDAA in an effort to meet funding levels under a draft budget deal unveiled by Congress and the White House last week.
The biggest cuts outlined in the new bill would come from Defense Department personnel, readiness and counterterrorism accounts, the Post reports.
The Hill newspaper reported House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) said the lower chamber plans to vote this week on the revised defense policy bill, which requires a two-thirds majority for passage.
President Barack Obama rejected the 2016 NDAA’s earlier version due to a disagreement with Republican lawmakers over domestic and military appropriations.