US House Committee on Appropriations presents new bill to improve defence capabilities
The US House Committee on Appropriations has unveiled a new bill that will provide the federal government with discretionary funding for the current fiscal year.
The fiscal 2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill includes full Appropriations legislation and funding for the remaining 11 annual Appropriations bills through the end of the fiscal year.
Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen said that the bill is intended to fund key federal government activities such as national defence and it maintains and enhances policies that bolster economic growth.
Frelinghuysen said: “This package of the remaining Appropriations bills is the result of over a year’s worth of careful and dedicated efforts to closely examine federal programmes to make the best possible use of every tax dollar.
“It is time that we complete this essential work. It is a solid bill that reflects our common values and that will help move our nation forward, and I urge its quick approval by the Congress and the White House.”
The legislation amounts to a $25bn increase in national defence funding over current levels and it provides $1.5bn in down payment on additional measures to strengthen border security.
It provides $1.163 trillion in base and overseas contingency operations (OCO) / global war on terror (GWOT) funding for the operations of the federal government.
The bill also offers $93.5bn in total OCO / GWOT funding to provide needed resources and training for the US troops in the field, to combat the threat of ISIS and other enemies worldwide, to support US allies, and to fund diplomatic and humanitarian missions.
In addition, the legislation will provide $8.2bn in emergency and disaster funding for fiscal 2017.