22 May 2014

House OKs $495.8B for 2015 base budget; orders Army structure commission | RallyPoint.com

Military News - House OKs $495.8B for 2015 base budget; orders Army structure commission

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By John T. Bennett, Staff writer
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WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday approved a measure that would authorize just over $600 billion in 2015 defense spending, while blocking A-10 retirement plans and ordering an independent group to study the Army’s future.

The chamber’s version of the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act includes a $495.8 billion base Pentagon budget and $79.4 billion more for an overseas contingency operations (OCO) budget. It passed 385-98, with over 80 Democrats and more than 10 Republicans voting no.

The bill, crafted by the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), also authorizes $17.9 billion in Energy Department defense programs and $7.9 billion in mandatory defense spending.

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