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Authorization and Appropriations for FY2003: Defense [August 16, 2002]   [open pdf - 216KB]

"Both the defense authorization bill (H.R. 4546, S. 2514) and the defense appropriations bill (H.R. 5010 in both chambers) are ready for conference committees to meet once Congress returns from the August recess. The House and Senate Appropriations Committees, however, have not yet taken up bills to provide $10 billion that the Administration requested as a contingency fund for costs of counter-terrorism operations in FY2003. Conferees have several major issues to resolve, particularly on the defense authorization bill. A key issue, on which the Administration has threatened a veto, is whether to permit concurrent receipt of military retired pay and veteran's disability benefits. The Senate authorization bill includes a provision to allow immediate, full concurrent receipt, while the House bill phases in a program to allow concurrent receipt for those with 60% or greater disabilities. The White House has threatened to veto a bill that includes either provision."

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CRS Report for Congress, RL31305
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2002-07-16
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