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Wed May 15, 2019, 05:35 AM

Appropriations Committee Releases Fiscal Year 2020 Defense Funding Bill

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Appropriations Committee Releases Fiscal Year 2020 Defense Funding Bill

May 14, 2019

WASHINGTON — The House Appropriations Committee today released the draft fiscal year 2020 Defense funding bill, which will be considered in subcommittee on Wednesday, May 15. The legislation funds the Department of Defense, including operations and maintenance, readiness activities, research and development, equipment modernization, and health and quality-of-life programs for our troops and military families.

In total, the bill provides $690.2 billion in new discretionary spending authority for the Department of Defense for functions under the Defense Subcommittee’s jurisdiction, an increase of $15.8 billion above the fiscal year 2019 enacted level, and $8 billion below the request. This includes $622.1 billion in base funding, an increase of $15.6 billion above the fiscal year 2019 enacted level and $88.2 billion above the President’s request. It also includes $68.1 billion for OCO/GWOT funding in title IX, an increase of $165 million above the fiscal year 2019 enacted level and $96.2 billion below the President’s request.
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A summary of the draft fiscal year 2020 Defense bill is below. The full text of the bill is here.

Bill Summary:

Military Personnel

Total: $153.9 billion

Base: $149.4 billion

OCO/GWOT (title IX): $4.5 billion

The FY2020 Military Personnel recommendation is $149.438 billion in base funding for active, reserve and National Guard military personnel, $1.854 billion below the budget request and $3.368 billion above FY2019 enacted level.
•Funds active duty end strength of 1,337,500, a decrease of 600 below current year and a decrease of 2,000 below the request. Funds reserve component end strength of 800,800, a decrease of 16,900 below current year and equal to the request.
•Provides full funding necessary to support the proposed 3.1 percent military pay raise.
•Increases funding above the request for the Department and Services’ Sexual Assault Prevention and Response programs for a total of $297 million, an increase of $38 million above the request.

Operation and Maintenance

Total: $256.5 billion

Base: $206.7 billion

OCO/GWOT (title IX): $49.8 billion

The FY2020 Operation and Maintenance recommendation is $206.691 billion in base funding, an increase of $82.746 billion above the budget request and $13.003 billion above the FY2019 enacted level.
•Provides $1.055 billion above the request for key readiness programs to prepare forces, including the National Guard and reserve, for combat operations and other peacetime missions: flying hours, tank miles, and steaming days; equipment, aviation, and ship depot maintenance; training; spare parts; and base operations.
•Provides $22.9 billion to the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force for depot maintenance, $2.3 billion above the fiscal year 2019 enacted level.
•Provides $1.26 billion for Environmental Restoration activities, $188 million above the request, and $14.8 million above the fiscal year 2019 enacted level. Includes $13M for study and assessment of former and current domestic military installations known to have PFOS/PFOA contamination.
•Provides an additional $70.7 million for upgrades to childcare facilities and report language directing the services to present innovative ideas to assist our service members with this quality of life issue.
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