WASHINGTON — Defying opposition from conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats, House appropriators are proposing a Pentagon spending bill with nearly $90 billion in a politically controversial war account.
The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday morning released its 2016 Pentagon-funding bill, which proposes $578.6 billion in defense spending. That includes an $88.4 billion overseas contingency operations (OCO) account, setting up a potential battle on the House floor.
The committee’s overall funding level would be $24.4 billion above the amount enacted for the current fiscal year.
House and Senate Republican leaders earlier this year added around $40 billion to the war fund in the GOP-crafted 2016 budget resolution to appease defense hawks and secure their votes on that measure.
The White House has said the president will veto any bill with extra defense spending unless Republican leaders also swell domestic spending. That means the House’s defense spending bill could be doomed.
But an alliance of right- and left-leaning House members says it plans to keep up its attacks on the Pentagon’s war account.