Defense: FY2008 Authorization and Appropriations [Updated June 1, 2007]   [open pdf - 302KB]

From the Summary: "The House passed its version of the FY2008 defense authorization bill, H.R. 1585, on May 17. The Senate Armed Services Committee finished drafting its counterpart bill, S. 567, on May 24. Senate action on the bill is expected in June. 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 House-passed and Senate committee-approved versions of the bill differ significantly over some major weapons programs. For instance, H.R. 1585 would add funds to the President's budget request to continue production of the C-17 cargo jet but would cut the funds requested for the Army's Future Combat Systems (FCS), while S. 567 would accept the Administration's plan to buy no additional C-17s and would add funds to the FCS request. However, both bills would authorize a 3.5 percent military pay raise, rather than the 3 percent raise included in the budget request. Moreover, both would grant civilian DOD employees some rights of collective bargaining and appeal that had been eliminated by a recently created personnel system for Pentagon civilians, a step that the Administration has said would result in a presidential veto. This report will be updated as events warrant."

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