Outgoing House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Buck McKeon will oversee his final National Defense Authorization Act markups. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON — The US House Armed Services Committee next week will begin cobbling together its 2015 Pentagon policy bill, the first defense panel to begin work on annual military legislation.
The panel’s six subpanels will spend next Wednesday and Thursday holding markups of their portions of the House’s 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
First up on Wednesday (10:30 a.m.) will be the Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities subcommittee, followed by the Strategic Forces subcommittee (noon). In the afternoon, the Seapower and Projection Forces subcommittee will lead off (1:30 p.m.), with the Military Personnel subcommittee wrapping up day No. 1 (3 p.m.).
On Thursday, the Tactical Air and Land Forces subcommittee will go first (9:30 a.m.), followed by the Readiness subcommittee (10:30 a.m.).
Last year, Tactical Air and Land Forces subcommittee Chairman Rep. Mike Turner, R-Ohio, overtly challenged what some sources said is an unofficial HASC record for shortest subcommittee markup.
In previous years, the subcommittee markups have been relatively short affairs. Contentious issues and amendments typically are reserved for the full committee markup, which is slated for May 7.
The House committee’s 2015 NDAA process will be the last for Chairman Rep. Buck McKeon, R-Calif., who has announced his retirement.
McKeon and other HASC Republicans would like to inflate the Pentagon’s $495 billion base 2015 budget amount, but are limited by spending caps set in a 2011 deficit-reduction law and extended in a December bipartisan budget resolution. ■