Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Analysis of House Appropriations Committee Action on the FY08 Defense Appropriations Bill

The Center’s Chris Hellman released his Analysis of House Appropriations Committee Action on the FY 2008 Defense Appropriations Bill (H.R. 3222) today.

The House Appropriations Committee completed its markup of the Fiscal Year 2008 Defense Appropriations bill on July 25. The bill includes $459.6 billion for the Department of Defense, $3.5 billion below the Bush Administration’s request ($463.1 billion) and $39.7 billion above current levels (excluding supplementals). The full House will begin consideration of the Defense Appropriations bill the week of July 30. The Senate Appropriations Committee has not yet scheduled action on the bill.

Included below are some highlights relating to nuclear weapons and nonproliferation issues.

Conventional Trident Modification Program - Cuts entire Administration request of $174.5 million, but includes $100 million to develop a weapon that could strike distant targets quickly and precisely.

Missile Defense - Provides $8.5 billion for missile defense, $298 million below the request, including a $139 million cut from the $310 million requested for the third missile defense site in Europe.

Cooperative Threat Reduction (Nunn-Lugar) - Provides $398 million, $50 million above the request and $26 million above current funding levels.

Chemical Weapons Destruction - Provides $1.456 billion for the Army’s chemical munitions destruction program, the amount requested by the Administration.

The complete analysis can be found here.

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