CBO: Defense plan will direct $709 billion for pay raises, higher troop levels and new weapons
WASHINGTON — A proposal for the next massive defense policy plan would authorize $709 billion to fund a long list of initiatives from pay raises to troop increases to new ships, planes, submarines and missiles, according to an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office.
The House-passed version of the next National Defense Authorization Act, H.R. 5515, would raise defense-related funding from 2018 by 2 percent, or $15.6 billion, according to the agency, which issues cost and budget analysis of proposed legislation on behalf of Congress.
The measure passed the House floor last month in a 351 to 66 vote.
“The key focus of this bill is restoring readiness to ensure that when our men and women in uniform go out on mission, they have the best equipment, the best training and the best support our nation can provide,” Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, and the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said following the House passing the NDAA on May 24. “This bill also takes crucial steps toward rebuilding our military and reforming the Pentagon.”
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