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McCain, Reed Want $577B Plus War Funding

McCain, Reed Want $577B Plus War Funding

WASHINGTON — Senate Armed Services Committee leaders are urging congressional budget writers to clear the Pentagon to spend $577 billion next year, $54 billion above existing spending caps.

The Obama administration’s 2016 budget request seeks $561 billion for defense, which is $38 billion over the caps. On Friday, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, sent a letter to House Budget Committee Chair Tom Price, R-Ga., requesting at $566 billion in base 2016 funds, $43 billion more than the caps.

Pro-military lawmakers’ efforts to persuade the chairs of the House and Senate Budget committees to give the Defense Department more annual funds continued Monday with a letter from SASC Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., and Ranking Member Jack Reed, D-R.I., to Senate Budget panel leaders.

“We recommend that defense spending for FY 2016 be restored to pre-sequestration [Budget Control Act] levels,” they wrote to Chairman Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., and Ranking Member Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. “We would therefore request that you allocate $577 billion for FY 2016 in national defense discretionary budget authority and the associated outlays, in addition to the necessary funding for OCO.”

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