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House OKs $578B Defense Spending Bill for Fiscal 2017

The House voted 371-48 Wednesday to pass an appropriations bill that would provide the Defense Department with $577.9 billion in fiscal 2017 funds.

The FY 2017 Defense Appropriations bill includes a $516.1 billion base budget and another $61.8 billion in overseas contingency operations funds, the House Appropriations Committee said in a news release published Wednesday.

The legislation reflects a $5.2 billion increase over the enacted funding level for fiscal 2016 and is $1.6 billion higher than the Obama administration’s budget request.

The proposed measure also includes a provision that would authorize a 2.1 percent military pay increase.

The White House said in a statement released Tuesday that it supports the passage of the bill in the lower chamber and that it plans to seek additional funds for fiscal 2017 to build up military readiness and back efforts against the Islamic State militant organization.

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