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DoD Budget: Fiscal 2013-17 Highlights, Numbers & Unfolding Events

March 2013: Continuing resolution and defense appropriations. In early March the House of Representatives introduced then quickly passed HR 933 with a 267-151 roll call including 53 Democratic yeas and 14 Republican nays. That bill came as a mix of appropriations for defense and veteran affairs, and a continuing resolution for everyone else, until the end of the current fiscal year.

Senator Barbara A. Mikulski [D-MD], the new Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, then turned that bill into half of an omnibus by adding appropriations to more departments like Commerce and Agriculture, but otherwise not touching much the defense core of the House bill. Though some Republican senators objected to what could arguably be construed as bloat, in the end the amendment process was relatively quick. Whether to kill MEADS outright, or euthanize it with a bit of mercy was one of the sticking points, but the Senate passed the bill 73-26 on March 20.

The amended text then flew through the House with a 318-109 roll call, and on March 26 the President signed the bill. It does not lift the sequestration, but it lets DoD spend through the rest of the fiscal year more wisely than under the constraint of a CR.

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On normal years the US Department of Defense goes through a complicated-enough process to establish and finalize its budget. But whereas FY 2012 offered a welcome return to normalcy after a very long continuing resolution, the budgeting cycle for fiscal year 2013 unfolded in an unproductive, fractious political environment. As fiscal year 2012 came to […]

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