On August 2, by a 30 – 0 vote, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved $604.5 billion for defense, $511.2 billion in the base budget and $93.3 billion for the wars.
This amount is $26 million less than that approved for Fiscal Year 2012, largely because of declining war costs.
According to Congressional Quarterly, the committee transferred $5.9 billion to the war budget to permit them to fund more ships and other programs. The committee reversed the Navy’s proposal to retire seven cruisers and two amphibious ships and added $800 million to Air Force programs.
Committee recommendation for Fiscal Year 2013 by title
$127,502,463,000 – Title I—Military personnel
$170,785,490,000 – Title II—Operation and maintenance
$ 97,635,496,000 – Title III—Procurement
$ 69,091,078,000 – Title IV—Research, development, test and evaluation
$ 2,214,024,000 – Title V—Revolving and management funds
$ 35,013,758,000 – Title VI—Other Department of Defense programs
$ 1,056,346,000 – Title VII—Related agencies
$ 319,345,000 – Title VIII—General provisions (net)
$ 93,026,000,000 – Title IX—Overseas Contingency Operations
$604,458,000,000 – Total discretionary
Some committee items of interest:
(Language provided by Congressional Quarterly)
The bill is not expected on the Senate floor before the election.