House panel backs Biden’s $715B Pentagon budget; handcuffs F-35

By Tony Bertuca / August 25, 2021 at 4:48 PM
(Editor's note: This story has been updated to include additional information.) The House Armed Services Committee’s version of the fiscal year 2022 defense authorization bill sets a topline budget of $715 billion for the Pentagon, aligning with the amount requested by President Biden in April, but $25 billion less than what Senate authorizers have approved. According to Committee Chairman Adam Smith’s (D-WA) “chairman’s mark” obtained by Inside Defense , the topline for total defense spending, which includes the Energy...

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