Senate Appropriations Subpanel OKs $604B in 2013 Defense Funds

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The Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee recommends moving $5 billion from the Defense Department’s base budget into a separate spending bill for Afghanistan operations, Defense News reports.

Kate Brannen reports the transfer would bring the Pentagon’s total budget to nearly $604 billion, including $511 billion for base funds and $93 billion for overseas contingency operations.

The full House has passed its version of the Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2013, recommending $606 billion to fund national defense and holding Pentagon spending to fiscal 2012 levels.

According to Brannen, Boeing’s CH-47 Chinook and AH-64 Apache will see funding increases and the Patriot PAC-3 missile, made by Raytheon, will receive $194 million more.

The Lockheed Martin-built F-35 Joint Strike Fighters will get the full funding request, according to the report.

Brannen reports the full Senate Appropriations Committee plans to mark up the bill Aug. 2 and several lawmakers are set to offer their own amendments.

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