House Passes Defense Funding for FY19
Washington, D.C. - On Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed an Appropriations “minibus” funding bill, which includes the Department of Defense (DOD), Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS) and Education Appropriations bills for fiscal year 2019, as well as a short term Continuing Resolution (CR) to temporarily fund remaining government programs until December 7, 2018.
Passage of this legislation marks an important step towards returning to regular order, with 75% of all annual discretionary funding having been passed before the end of the 2018 fiscal year. This is the first time in over 10 years that Congress has passed an appropriations bill funding the Department of Defense before the end of the fiscal year.
The legislation provides a total of $674.4 billion for Defense. This includes $606.5 billion in base discretionary funding – an increase of $17.0 billion above the fiscal year 2018 enacted level. The bill also provides $67.9 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO)/Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) funding.
Highlights of the bill include:
Military Personnel and Pay – The legislation includes $143.2 billion – $138.5 billion for base requirements and $4.7 billion for OCO/GWOT requirements – to provide for 1,338,100 active-duty troops and 817,700 Guard and Reserve troops. The bill fully funds the requested 16,400 end-strength increase and the 2.6 percent pay raise for the military.
Operation and Maintenance – Included in the legislation is $243.2 billion – $193.7 billion for base requirements and $49.5 billion for OCO/GWOT requirements – for operation and maintenance. Funding for base requirements is $5.4 billion above fiscal year 2018. This funding supports key readiness 2 programs to prepare our troops for combat and peacetime missions, including flight time and battle training, equipment and facility maintenance, and base operations. Within this amount, the bill includes $290 million above the request to invest in facility sustainment, restoration, and modernization programs, and $20.6 billion total for depot maintenance.
Research and Development – The bill contains $96.1 billion – $94.9 billion for base requirements and $1.2 billion for OCO/GWOT requirements – for research, development, testing, and evaluation of new defense systems and technologies. Funding for base requirements is $6.6 billion above the fiscal year 2018 level, and will help to support current military operations and to prepare our nation to meet a broad range of future security threats. Specifically, this funding will support research and development of: the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter; space security programs; nuclear force modernization; the Ohio-class submarine replacement; Future Vertical Lift; the Israeli Cooperative Programs; and other important research and development activities, including those within the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
Equipment Procurement – The legislation provides a total of $148 billion – $135.4 billion for base requirements and $12.6 billion for OCO/GWOT requirements – for equipment and upgrades. Funding for base requirements is $4.8 billion above the request.
"Passing this legislation marks an important step towards returning to regular order and passing funding bills on time. These funds will support our military readiness by providing the weapons, platforms, and equipment our military needs to do their jobs and prepare for future fights. It also gives our troops access to vital training and a long overdue pay raise - the largest in almost a decade. Our servicemembers deserve our support, so I am proud to support this legislation that will give them the funding, training, and equipment to help them carry out their mission," said Congressman Scott Taylor.