House members voted 282-138 Thursday to pass a $575.7 billion military spending bill that would provide the Defense Department withÂ aÂ $517.1 billion base budget and another $58.6 billion in overseas contingency operations funds forÂ fiscal year 2017, The Hill newspaper reported Thursday.
Rebecca Kheel writes theÂ 2017 National Defense Authorization Act would shiftÂ about $15.7 billion of the proposed war budget to help DoD finance defenseÂ modernization, infrastructure andÂ readiness programs.
The House adoptedÂ amendments to the NDAA that wouldÂ prohibit the transfer ofÂ prisoners from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba to other prisons and the use ofÂ departmentÂ money to survey, examineÂ or review a stateside substituteÂ for the Guantanamo Bay prison, Kheel reports.
Joe Gould of Defense News reported the lower chamber’s billion proposed DoDÂ budget for FY 2017Â is $587 million less thanÂ President Barack Obama’s request.
The report said the bill also contains provisions that would allocateÂ $80 million for an industryÂ competition to replace the military’s fleet of UH-1N Huey helicopters andÂ provide an additional $29.8Â million for the development ofÂ laser weapons and electromagnetic laser guns.
The Senate approved a $602 billion fiscal 2017 budget for DoDÂ in an 85-13 vote Tuesday.