House Appropriations Committee’s FY 2017 Defense Policy Bill to Authorize $517B in Discretionary Funds

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BudgetThe House Appropriations Committee’s defense subpanel has introduced a bill that would authorize $517.1 billion in discretionary spending and $58.6 billion in overseas contingency operations funds for fiscal year 2017.

The committee said Tuesday the FY 2017 defense policy bill reflects a $3 billion increase from the enacted FY 2016 discretionary funding and would move approximately $15.7 billion from the OCO budget to the Defense Department’s base funding.

The OCO-backed base budget are “targeted to requirements identified by the services – readiness efforts, infrastructure, and equipment recapitalization and modernization, such as additional flying and steaming hours, training time, and facilities and aircraft repairs,” the committee said.

The defense policy bill would allocate $120.8 billion in total budget to purchase new weapons systems and other equipment in support of military readiness efforts.

The proposed equipment procurement budget includes $21.6 billion in funds for the procurement of 15 ships for the U.S. Navy, $8.3 billion for 74 F-35 fighter jets, $2.8 billion for 15 KC-46 tanker aircraft, $1.35 billion for 16 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet planes and $1.8 billion for 11 P-8A Poseidon aircraft.

The committee’s proposed bill also includes the following appropriations:

  • $132.6 billion for service personnel and salary
  • $209.2 billion for operations and maintenance
  • $70.8 billion for research and development efforts
  • $34 billion for the Defense Health Program and military family initiatives

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