Yesterday, June 2nd, the House Appropriations Committee approved $577.9 billion in discretionary defense spending – $490.2 billion in the base budget and $88.4 billion for the Overseas Contingency Operations fund (called “Global War on Terrorism” in the House Appropriations Committee version of the bill).
“It took a decade, but Congress has finally passed legislation vital to global efforts to prevent and punish nuclear terrorism,” said Executive Director Angela Canterbury.
Congress’ “all the above” strategy is the budgetary equivalent of trying to drive 50 miles with 25 miles worth of gas and the Pentagon will not be happy with the results.
Analysis of the nuclear weapons and non-proliferation spending in the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act.
On January 27, Senators Kirk (R-Ill.) and Menendez (D-N.J.) introduced a new Iran sanctions bill, an updated version of S.1881 introduced last year with 59 Senate sponsors. The bill (S.269) would impose sanctions if a long-term deal has not been reached. On January 29, the Senate Banking Committee approved the “Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2015,” S.269, by a vote of 18-4.