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U.S. Senate Panel Recommends $26B Pentagon Cut

Sep. 7, 2011 - 03:45AM   |  
By KATE BRANNEN   |   Comments
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The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee is recommending a $26 billion reduction to the Pentagon's request for its 2012 base budget.

The committee met Sept. 7 to recommend spending levels for each subcommittee, including the one that oversees defense. A separate committee has oversight of military construction and veterans affairs.

The committee recommends $513 billion for the Pentagon's base budget, excluding military construction. This would keep spending flat with 2011 enacted levels, according to a committee chart. It represents a $26 billion cut from the president's request.

Some defense analysts have predicted that spending levels in 2012 will drop below what was enacted in 2011.

The committee supported the Pentagon's supplemental request for $118 billion for overseas contingency operations, which includes operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Earlier this summer, the House passed a defense appropriations bill that reduced the Pentagon's budget request by $9 billion.

"Each subcommittee has been cut dramatically below the amount sought by the administration," committee chairman Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, said in his opening statement. "These cuts are real and are difficult to implement, but that is the will of the Congress and the charter of this Committee."

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