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NDIA Urges Congress to Reach Deal on Defense Budget Caps

The National Defense Industrial Association has called on Congress to reach a deal that would raise or suspend defense budget caps.

NDIA said Nov. 20 it commends the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018, which would authorize $700 billion in defense spending, but Congress still needs to address the $549 billion defense budget cap set by the Budget Control Act.

The budget agreement should meet requirements identified by the future National Defense Strategy and Nuclear Posture Review, which will influence the FY 2019 budget request and Future Years Defense Program, NDIA added.

The U.S. defense industry association urged lawmakers to pass appropriations before Dec. 8 “at a level both necessary and supported by both parties and both chambers of Congress.”

NDIA also raised concerns over reported congressional plans to authorize a final FY 2018 budget deal that would set defense funds “significantly” below $700 billion.

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