Today, the House Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year 2014 Defense Appropriations bill. The legislation includes funding for critical national security needs, and provides the resources needed to continue the nation's military efforts abroad. In addition, the bill provides essential funding for health and quality of life programs for the men and women of the Armed Forces and their families.
In total, the bill provides $512.5 billion in non-war funding, a decrease of $5.1 billion below the fiscal year 2013 enacted level and $3.4 billion below the President's request. This is approximately $28.1 billion above the current level caused by automatic sequestration spending cuts. The bill also includes $85.8 billion in war funding for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO).
"This bill provides the Department with the much needed resources required to modernize and maintain readiness at the levels needed for our military to preserve its standing as the most capable and superior armed forces in the world. I applaud the Committee for approving it today, and urge its quick passage on the House floor," Defense Subcommittee Chairman C.W. Bill Young said.