Spending bill totals $1.1 trillion, includes $85.2 billion in OCO funding
The Pentagon requested only $79 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding, but Congress appropriated an additional $6.2 billion. This spending bill will allow the Pentagon to avoid $20 billion in cuts that would have otherwise been made due to the sequester.
Procurement and R&D appropriations fall below requested figures
The White House requested $99.3 billion for defense procurements and $67.5 billion for research and development. The bill, however, appropriates $93 billion for procurement and $63 billion for R&D.
Planes, tanks, and submarines
Planned purchases of the F-35 will be fully funded, and the bill includes $90 million for upgrades to the M1 tank–upgrades that the Pentagon does not want. Moreover, Congress added $1.2 billion to the Pentagon’s request for procurement of the Virginia-class submarine, bringing the program’s total cost to about $6 billion.
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Senators voice opposition to new sanctions on Iran
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) signaled their opposition to any new sanctions that could derail the diplomatic process with Iran. Others including Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) have expressed similar sentiments. One of the bill’s original co-sponsors, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), has stated that the bill should not come to a vote unless Iran reneges on the deal in place.