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The Senate Armed Services Committee passed its $602 billion annual defense policy bill Thursday, setting itself up for a clash with the House on several points. The committee passed the bill 23-3 in a closed session. On Thursday evening, the committee released a summary confirming what Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) has hinted at in recent weeks — that his bill would deviate from that of the House.

McCain touted various reforms to Pentagon leadership and buying programs in the Senate’s 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

“This is a reform bill,” McCain said in written statement. “The NDAA contains the most sweeping reforms of the organization of the Department of Defense in a generation.” But the two versions differ by $8 billion in overall spending — and by much more on how to allocate funds.

The Senate version of the NDAA would authorize $602 billion for defense spending. That would be split between $543 billion for the base budget and $59 billion for a war fund known as the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) fund. Of the OCO fund, $5 billion would be used for base requirements, the amount requested by the Obama administration.

The House version would authorize $610 billion for defense spending. But it would take an extra $18 billion from the war fund to use for base requirements, for a total of $23 billion.

'If We Can Audit Walmart We Can Audit The Pentagon'


Excellent short clip. Senator David Perdue compares Walmart revenues to the Defense Department budget and wonders why one gets audited and the other does not.

The U.S. national debt is currently just short of $19.26 trillion. We become more indebted to the tune of $12,000 every second and approximately $1.3 billion every day.
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