House Approves FY2018 Appropriations “Minibus” Package

Posted on: July 28th, 2017 by NADO Admin

This week, the House approved by a party-line vote of 235-192 a package of four fiscal year (FY) 2018 spending bills.  The “minibus” totals $788 billion and includes the FY2018 Defense, Energy and Water Development, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction-Veterans Affairs spending bills.  The “minibus” would violate the 2011 Budget Control Act by exceeding the cap on defense spending for FY2018.  The Budget Control Act calls for no more than $549 billion in defense discretionary spending for FY2018; the “minibus” would provide $621.5 billion.  Lifting the cap to fund defense programs at the House-passed level would require negotiation of a bipartisan budget deal.

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