WASHINGTON â€” US Senate defense hawks for the second time in four weeks â€” after years of warning about Pentagon budget instability â€” last week entered the ornate chamber and voted against legislation to give the military just that.
On the docket last Thursday afternoon was a massive omnibus government-funding bill that included $572 billion for the Defense Department â€” the Council for a Livable World calculated the actual DoD allotment at nearly $610 billion.
Together, the $487 billion base Pentagon appropriations bill and $85 billion war-funding measure included in the omnibus included nearly $100 billion in unclassified procurement dollars to buy new weapon systems. The bill allows the military to do things like enter into multi-year contracts and execute program plans.
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