06 May 2014

House bill calls for $100 million 'efficiency' cut in commissary budget | RallyPoint.com

By Karen Jowers, Staff writer
Copyright: www.militarytimes.com

Although House lawmakers are resisting — for now — the Pentagon’s call to slash the annual commissary operating budget by two-thirds over three years, the House Armed Services Committee appears comfortable with a more modest budget cut next year.

According to a preview of legislative provisions that the committee will consider on May 7 in drafting its version of the 2015 defense authorization bill, lawmakers will approve a cut of $100 million in the commissary budget next year.

That is half of what the Pentagon had proposed in the first year of a three-year plan that would bring the annual commissary budget down from about $1.4 billion to just $400 million.

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