DoD to Get $654.6B Under $1.3T Omnibus Spending Bill

Congressional leaders have introduced an omnibus bill that would authorize $1.3 trillion to fund government operations through the end of fiscal 2018, Defense News reported Thursday.

The omnibus package would allocate $654.6 billion in funds for the Defense Department, including a base budget of $589.5 billion and overseas contingency operations funds worth $65.2 billion.

The defense appropriations bill would earmark $137.7 billion in funds for military personnel and pay, including a 2.4 percent salary increase for warfighters.

The proposed legislation would authorize $238 billion for operation and maintenance accounts, $89.2 billion for research and development of defense technology platforms and $34.4 billion for defense health and military family programs.

DoD’s equipment procurement initiatives would get $144.3 billion in funds under the proposed bill, according to the measure’s summary.

The legislation’s equipment acquisition section includes $23.8 billion for the procurement of 14 Navy ships; $10.2 billion for 90 F-35 fighter jets; $9.5 billion for the Missile Defense Agency; $1.8 billion for the purchase of 24 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft; $1.4 billion for three Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicles; $1.1 billion for the acquisition of 56 UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters; and $1.1 billion to support upgrades of 85 Abrams tanks.

The omnibus bill would set aside $47.8 billion for the Department of Homeland Security, $4 billion to address the opioid crisis, $21 billion for infrastructure projects and $2.3 billion for school safety efforts.

House and Senate lawmakers need to pass the spending package before the current continuing resolution expires Friday in order to avert a government shutdown.


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