House Armed Services Committee members have unanimously approved a bill authorizing $495.8 billion in discretionary Pentagon spending for fiscal year 2015 and another $79.5 billion for war operations, Defense News reported Thursday.
John Bennett writes the bill also seeks to provide both $7.9 billion in mandatory spending and $17.9 billion for defense programs to the Energy Department.
The committee also has passed a bipartisan provision that would stop the Air Force from retiring its fleet of A-10 combat jets, according to Bennett’s article.
Defense News reports that the panel also moved to block the Army‘s plan to reduce its force size and transfer Apache helicopters from the National Guard to active Army units.
The 2015 defense spending bill also allocates funds to refuel the USS George Washington and supports a U.S.-Israel weapon development program and an amphibious Naval ship project.