The House of Representatives is considering a so-called “minibus” spending bill combining the defense, military construction, veterans, legislative branch and energy and water appropriations bills.
The bill would provide $614.1 billion in regular funding for defense, $65 billion in excess of the $549 billion defense spending limit established by the Budget Control Act. There are additional defense programs that will be included in other appropriations bills, which totaled $7.3 billion in fiscal year 2017.
The bill also designates $75 billion in spending as Overseas Contingency Operations exempt from spending limits, $10 billion above the Pentagon's request. Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget president Maya MacGuineas issued the following statement:
Using gimmicks to pass a spending bill that busts budget limits set in law is reckless, fiscally irresponsible, and completely at odds with promises to control spending.