Defense: FY2008 Authorization and Appropriations [May 11, 2007]   [open pdf - 215KB]

From the Summary: "The House Armed Services Committee marked up its version of the FY2008 defense authorization bill, H.R. 1585, on Wednesday, May 9. Floor action on the bill is expected the week of May 14. The Senate Armed Services Committee plans to mark up its version of the FY2008 authorization, unnumbered as yet, on May 23. On February 5, 2007, the White House formally released to Congress its FY2008 federal budget request, which 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 budget request includes few new initiatives regarding major weapons, but the House Armed Services Committee has challenged many administration proposals regarding chronically contentious acquisition issues. For instance, the committee's bill would add to the request funds to continue production of the C-17 cargo plane and development of a second-engine to compete for installation in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, programs the Administration proposed to end in FY2008, as it had done in FY2007, when it was overridden by Congress. In addition, reflecting longstanding congressional concern that the Navy's budgets have been too small, the House Armed Services Committee added $2.7 billion to the Administration's $13.7 billion shipbuilding request. This report will be updated as events warrant."

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