(June 27) The House Armed Services Committee has unveiled a new military spending bill of $696.5 billion just a few days after chair Marc Thornberry announced that there was to be a bill of $640 billion.
|This new bill is actually supposed to be a cut from the previous bill. The new bill includes $75 billion in funds for Overseas Contingency Operations(OCO) that would have had to be added to the earlier bill. The argument is that the new bill is actually just $621.5 billion. It would have been clearer if it had just been explained that the earlier bill needed to increased by adding in more money for the OCO. The OCO spending is real enough.|