Defense: FY2008 Authorization and Appropriations [July 13, 2007]   [open pdf - 353KB]

"The President's FY2008 federal budget request, released February 5, 2007, included $647.2 billion in new budget authority for national defense. In addition to $483.2 billion for the regular operations of the Department of Defense (DOD), the request includes $141.7 billion for continued military operations, primarily to fund the campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, $17.4 billion for the nuclear weapons and other defense-related programs of the Department of Energy, and $5.2 billion for defense-related activities of other agencies. The $483.2 billion requested for DOD's 'base' budget -- that is, the request for regular operations excluding the cost of ongoing combat activity -- is $46.8 billion higher than the agency's base budget for FY2007, an increase of 11% in nominal terms and, by DOD's reckoning, an increase in real purchasing power of 8.0%, taking into account the cost of inflation. The President's request includes a proposal to increase retiree medical fees and copays, which Congress rejected in its action on the FY2007 defense budget and which also is rejected by both the House-passed and the Senate Armed Services Committee versions of the FY2008 defense authorization bill (H.R. 1585 and S. 1547). Both bills also would authorize a military pay raise of 3.5% instead of the 3% raise in the budget request. […] The full Appropriations Committee is scheduled to take up that (unnumbered) bill on July 23. The House subcommittee's bill does not address the President's request for an additional $141.7 billion to fund ongoing military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, which will be dealt with in a separate bill."

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