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Senate Appropriations Committee Defense Component Advances FY 2019 DoD Funding Bill

The defense component of the Senate Appropriations Committee has submitted a fiscal year 2019 funding bill that would support investments and programs on military and national security.

The committee’s chairman Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., announced Tuesday that the FY 2019 Defense Department funding bill provides for $675 billion, $20.4 billion more than the budget enacted for FY 2018.

Of the proposed FY 2019 DoD budget, $607.1 billion is allotted for base funding, while $67.9 billion is for overseas contingency operations.

“During our review of the president’s budget, we conducted seven public hearings and two classified hearings to better understand the request and the needs of the armed services and intelligence community for the fiscal year beginning October 1st,” Shelby said.

“The subcommittee has worked in a bipartisan manner to produce a bill within an allocation that is consistent with the two-year budget deal passed earlier this year,” he added.

The defense subcommittee also identified resources for assets not included in the initial budget request, encompassing basic research, hypersonics, directed energy, artificial intelligence, microelectronics, missile defense, cybersecurity and test and evaluation infrastructure.

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