House Panel Proposes $690B in Defense Discretionary Spending for FY 2020

Jeff Brody

The House Appropriations Committee introduced a draft spending bill that would authorize $690.2 billion in fiscal 2020 discretionary funds for the Department of Defense, reflecting an increase of $15.8 billion from the enacted discretionary budget for the current fiscal year. The committee said Tuesday the bill includes a base budget of $622.1 billion and $68.1 billion in overseas contingency operations funds – an increase of $15.6 billion and $165 million from current levels, respectively. 

The proposed measure would allot a budget of $153.9 billion to back the proposed 3.1 percent increase in military pay and fund end strength of 1.3 million troops. The panel proposed to allocate $142 billion for the procurement of aircraft, ships, vehicles and other defense equipment. The bill would also set aside $256.5B for operation and maintenance, $101.5 billion for research, development and test and evaluation, $33.8 billion for other DoD programs and $1.45 billion for revolving and management funds. 

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