Senate Appropriators OK $355 Billion Defense Bill

By Thomas Duffy / July 18, 2002 at 5:00 AM
The Senate Appropriations Committee today approved a $355.4 billion defense bill for fiscal year 2003, making minor adjustments to the bill that had been passed Tuesday by the defense subcommittee. Ranking Member Ted Stevens (R-AK) said the committee expects to bring the bill to the Senate floor by July 31. The bill increases defense spending by $35 billion over the level Congress appropriated last year, but still falls $11.4 billion short of what the Bush administration asked for military spending...

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