Appropriators Settle on Final FY 2012 DOD Spending Level
Senate and House appropriators have agreed to provide $518 billion for the fiscal 2012 defense spending bill, which would represent a $22 billion cut from the level the president requested at the beginning of the year, reported CQ Today.
The reduction in support for defense programs may be somewhat smaller as some spending for operations and sustainment will be shifted into the fund that supports the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to the story.
The defense spending bill will be one of nine spending measures wrapped up into an omnibus package that lawmakers hope to clear by Dec. 16, when the current continuing resolution runs out. Appropriators also need to finish work on the FY 2012 military construction and veterans affairs spending bill. That measure can be expected to fall below the president’s request as well.
The FY 2012 authorization bill approved by the Senate last week — which covers spending for both defense and milcon — authorized spending $27 billion less than the president’s request and $43 billion less than the level enacted for fiscal 2011.