House to Decide on 2016 Budget Plan This Week; John Boehner Comments

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CongressThe House of Representatives is set to vote this week on two versions of a spending plan for the next fiscal year, Politico reported Tuesday.

Jake Sherman writes House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) expects the chamber to pass the budget that allocates more funds for defense programs.

“I believe in the higher [defense spending] numbers — the budget that we’ll pass,” Boehner told Politico on Tuesday morning.

“The budget alternative that gets the most votes is what goes to final passage. And I think that’s a great way to do it,” he added, according to the publication.

David Lawder reported for Reuters the first version of a spending plan introduced by House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-Ga.) adds $36 billion to the Pentagon’s overseas contingency operations account and calls for alternative saving ideas.

The House GOP budget’s second version offers $38 billion in additional OCO funds without the offset requirement, according to Reuters.

More than 70 Republican lawmakers in the House of Representatives want the party’s 2016 budget blueprint to equal or surpass President Barack Obama’s proposed defense budget, Lawder reports.

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