Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee Releases FY 18 Defense Spending Bill

On November 21, the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee released the chairman’s FY 2018 budget recommendations for the Department of Defense. The bill suggests a $581.3 billion base budget for DoD ($15.4 billion above the President’s budget request), and $64.9 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations. The committee also approved an additional $4.5 billion dollars in emergency funding that was requested by the White House for Missile Defeat and Defense Enhancements. The subcommittee recommended a Missile Defense Agency top line of $11.1 billion, which would be the second largest MDA appropriation ever in terms of inflation adjusted 2018 dollars and a 41 percent increase compared to the original President’s Budget.

The bill, however, exceeds current budget caps by $32 billion, and will require either an increase in spending limits or further cuts to meet statutory budget requirements. The bill is only a recommendation, and still needs to be voted on by the full Senate and reconciled with the House Appropriations Committee FY 18 Defense Bill before it can be signed into law.

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