DOD appropriations bill passes House vote
Today, the House of Representatives voted 340-73 with 18 not voting, to pass the fiscal year 2015 Department of Defense Appropriations Act.
The bill provides for money to be appropriated to military personnel, operating and maintenance expenses, environmental restoration expenses, research and development, craft and ammunition among other items.
Although the appropriations bill has passed the House, it has not been voted on by the Senate yet. Until this bill has passed out of the Senate Committee and been passed on the Senate Floor, an accurate accounting cannot be taken.
Now for a little history on this bill. The Department of Defense appropriations bill was sponsored by Rep. Frelinghuysen out of New Jersey’s 11th Congressional District (a suburban district that includes Dover and Morristown). It was introduced on the 13th of June and had no co-sponsors at all.
80 amendments were introduced as well, mostly for either redirecting funds or to prohibit the use of funds for a specific activity.
The Committee Report, dated the 13th of June, held that the total appropriations bill to be $490,943,820,000, with on overseas contingency operations budget of $79,445,000,000. The report also states the funding is above the $201,825,000 original budget request.
Look for the line by line bill analysis coming soon.
I will be keeping you updated on any developments.