Defense Spending Bill Likely to Bring up the Rear
A compromise defense spending measure for fiscal 2012 likely will not be voted on until the end of the year, as it will be needed as a “must-pass” vehicle that some of the more controversial appropriations bills can be attached to, reported CQ Today.
Meanwhile, House and Senate appropriators have reached a tentative agreement to allocate $518 billion for the measure. The deal means DOD would receive $5 billion more than is recommended in the Senate version, but $12.5 billion less than the House called for.
Because of the spending caps contained in August’s agreement to raise the debt limit, a deal to spend $518 billion on defense means that corresponding cuts of $5 billion will need to be applied to the other national security accounts, according to the story.
Initially, spending on those other accounts — homeland security, State Department, intelligence and nuclear security — had been slated to absorb only $4.5 billion in cuts as the debt limit agreement set a FY 2012 cap on national security spending that is $4.5 billion below FY 2011 spending. The $5 billion reduction would come on top of that.