Senate Panel Approves Appropriations Bill As Budget Debate Limps Into Summer

By Tony Bertuca, Jordana Mishory / June 9, 2015 at 1:43 PM
The Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee approved a fiscal year 2016 spending bill Tuesday that would provide $490 billion in base budget funding for the Pentagon, accompanied by an $87 billion overseas contingency operations account, but top-ranking lawmakers are resigned to the long, partisan budget clash that lies ahead. Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL), the subcommittee's vice chairman, said the bill should be allowed to proceed in order to accelerate a much more important debate: a budget summit between congressional leaders and...

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