Defense Accounts Fare Well under House Budget Allocations
The defense and military construction and veterans affairs appropriations bills would be largely shielded from budget cuts in fiscal 2012 under the draft spending allocations unveiled by the House Appropriations Committee Wednesday.
Spending on defense programs would rise 3.3 percent to $530.0 billion compared to funding in the current year. Defense would be the only spending measure to increase compared to FY 2011, under the House allocations, which could change before the committee formally adopts them. Compared to the president’s FY 2012 request, however, funding would fall 1.7 percent, or $8.9 billion.
Funding for the FY 2012 military construction and veterans affairs spending measure would drop by 0.8 percent to $72.5 billion programs compared to the current year. When compared to the White House’s 2012 request, spending in the milcon bill would decline by 1.7 percent, or $1.3 billion.
Essentially, the committee’s allocations would cut spending by almost $46 billion from fiscal 2011 levels for non-national security programs to preserve the $17 billion gain for defense spending. Given the drastic cuts, House Republican leaders likely will need to rely on their own members to pass the appropriations bills.
The milcon bill will be one of the first two bills on the House Appropriations calendar, with its subcommittee markup scheduled for Friday. The defense spending bill is scheduled for markup in subcommittee June 1.