Authorization Bill Moves through Senate Subcommittees
Five of the six subcommittees of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday approved their portions of a fiscal 2012 draft defense authorization bill, with the Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee the only one to meet in open session.
The Readiness panel’s session was relatively historic, as no other Senate Armed Services panel has marked up the annual policy bill in open session in 15 years, reported CQ Today. The subcommittee’s draft would cost $162 billion, almost $3.5 billion less than the amount requested by the president.
Proposed cuts include $1 billion from military construction and $1.1 billion from contract services achieved by limiting spending to FY 2010 levels. The subcommittee included language calling for better planning by DOD for the Marine Corps move from Japan to Guam and for changes to tours of duty in Korea, according to CQ. The Navy also would need to prepare a plan to fund infrastructure improvements at its four shipyards.
The Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee will meet Wednesday morning, to be followed by a markup of the bill by the full committee that is expected to last at least until Thursday.