Thornberry to Price: At Least $566B for DoD

Thornberry to Price: At Least $566B for DoD

WASHINGTON — House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry wants the House GOP budget resolution to propose a $566 billion national defense account and a separate $50.9 billion war fund.

In a Friday letter the Texas Republican sent House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, R-Ga., Thornberry pushes for raising defense spending caps put in place by the 2011 Budget Control Act.

“In light of the threats facing the nation, as well as the resource shortfall facing the military discussed in greater detail below, the [HASC] recommends a restoration to the pre-sequestration BCA caps of $566.0 billion for national defense and $50.9 billion in the Overseas Contingency Operations account.”

Thornberry, a Capitol Hill veteran, has told CongressWatch securing relief for the military from sequestration will be an uphill battle. To that end, he floats a Plan B.

“If this is not feasible in the first year, the committee recommends, at a minimum, last year’s House-passed budget resolution level of $566.0 billion for national defense in the base budget for FY16 with restoration to pre-sequestration level funding in FY17 and out,” Thornberry writes.

Since taking over as chairs of the House and Senate Budget committees, Price and Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., have focused mostly on keeping the BCA’s defense and domestic caps in place. Reducing federal spending levels is clearly their shared priority.

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