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House Rules Panel Clears DoD Spending Bill for Floor Action

Jul. 23, 2013 - 06:41AM   |  
By JOHN T. BENNETT   |   Comments
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WASHINGTON — The US House’s powerful Rules Committee on Monday night cleared a 2014 Pentagon spending bill for consideration by the full chamber this week.

The panel agreed to a “structured” rule for the defense appropriations bill that will allow for 100 amendments and floor debate. (Click here to see a list of the 100 amendments.)

The bill is slated for consideration on the floor Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, according to a Rules Committee statement released Monday night.

The bill passed the committee weeks ago with a mix of Republican and Democratic support. It proposes $512.5 billion in base military spending, $3.4 billion less than the Obama administration is requesting. It also includes an $85.8 billion war-funding section that would be $1.5 billion larger than the Pentagon is seeking.

The Senate’s version of the bill has yet to be addressed by the Defense subcommittee of the upper chamber’s Appropriations Committee.

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