the bill provides $491 billion in discretionary funding, an increase of $4.1 billion above the fiscal year 2014 enacted level and $200 million above the President’s request. In addition, the bill includes $79.4 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) for the ongoing war efforts abroad, the same level assumed in the President’s budget request and in the House-passed National Defense Authorization Act.
What is House Bill H.R. 4870?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 4870
-would fund a 1.8 percent military pay raise that is authorized in the House-passed FY2015 Defense Authorization bill. (.8% above the president's request), and rejects an executive proposal to decrease the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH);
-would fund the Defense Health Program (DHP) at $31.6 billion, $360 million below the president's request. The bill would also add $100 million to the Defense Commissary Agency funding level. The president’s budget request proposed a cut in the subsidy to commissary operations;
-funds Operations and Maintenance (O&M) programs in the amount $165 billion, $1.4 billion below the president's request. Within the amount provided in the bill, an additional $1.2 billion is provided for readiness shortfalls and $791 million to restore funding cuts to facility sustainment and modernization. Offsetting some of these increases are savings from favorable foreign currency fluctuations ($547 million) and overestimated civilian personnel costs ($592 million). The committee also cut about $900 million from O&M accounts for what it called “unjustified program growth";
-provides $91.2 billion for procurement programs, $1.6 billion more than the request. Included in the bill are funds to build six new ships, buy 38 F-35 (Joint Strike Fighter) and 7 KC-46A tankers, 12 EA-18G Growlers, 87 H-60 Blackhawk and 37 MH-60S/R helicopters. The House committee rejected the administration’s proposal to delay a decision on refueling the USS George Washington aircraft carrier until 2016 and provides $789 million for the refueling;
-approves the administration’s request to retire the A-10 aircraft. Both the House Armed Services Committee and the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) versions of the FY2015 Defense Authorization bill would keep the program alive, and the Senate has to vote;
-funds research and development (R&D) at $63.4 billion, $171 million below the president’s request. Programs receiving R&D funding include: a new Air Force bomber, next generation JSTARS, Future Unmanned Carrier-based Strike System, Army Ground Combat Vehicle, and Marine Corps Joint Light Tactical Vehicle.
Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2015
Making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015, and for other purposes.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
Committee on Appropriations
- senate Committees
- The house Passed June 20th, 2014Roll Call Vote 340 Yea / 73 Nay
Committee on AppropriationsIntroducedJune 13th, 2014
- house Committees