House Budget Committee OKs $36B Addition to Overseas War Funds

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CapitolDomeThe House Budget Committee has approved a $3.8 trillion budget plan on a 22-13 vote the morning after the GOP-led committee faced disagreements on defense budget levels, the Associated Press reported Thursday.

Andrew Taylor writes the budget could still be amended on the House floor next week as fiscal conservatives called for $20 billion of the added $36 billion overseas contingency funds to be offset by reductions elsewhere in the budget.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said the amendments will focus on removing the restrictions in accessing the added funds even as he believes the full $38 billion increase in President Barack Obama’s budget request will be approved on the floor, the report said.

Vicki Needham reported earlier on The Hill that Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) had originally pushed for a $90 billion overseas war fund, while Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Ind.) proposed an amendment for $96 billion without offsets.

Price adjourned the committee Wednesday as he and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) worked to negotiate support for the budget plan, the report said.

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