GOP appropriators release draft defense bill, Dems decry cuts and riders

By Tony Bertuca / June 14, 2023 at 1:00 PM
House Republicans have released a draft defense appropriations bill they say will counter China and protect conservative ideals, but Democrats are mustering opposition to the legislation over its cuts to the Pentagon's workforce, climate change initiatives, multiyear contracts and other "partisan riders." The bill, which the House Appropriations defense subcommittee will consider tomorrow in closed session, comports with a spending/debt limit deal Congress recently passed that caps total defense spending at $886 billion. The bill’s specific jurisdiction covers $826.45 billion...

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