FY 2019 House Defense Appropriations Action:
Subcomm: 6/7/18: approved | Draft Bill | R-Sum
Full Comm: 6/13/18: approved Defense 48-4 | HR 6157 | Rpt-769 | R-Stmt | D-Stmt
Floor: 6/28/18: Passed |359-49| HR 6157 | R-Stmt | D-Stmt | Stmt of Admin Policy (SAP)
FY 2019 Senate Defense Appropriations Action:
Subcomm: 6/26/18: approved | R-Sum | D-Sum
Full Comm: 6/28/18: approved 30-1 | S.3159 | Rpt-290 | R-Sum | D-Sum
Floor: 8/23: Senate approved Defense-LHHS minibus Vote: 85-7 | Text: HR 6157 Senate-passed | R-Stmt | D-Stmt | Action on amendments | SAP | Defense Rpt-290 | LHHS Rpt-289
FY 2019 Conference Action on Defense Appropriations:
Conferees: 9/4: House named conferees on HR 6157, the Defense-LHHS minibus and defeated along party lines (171-221) a Democratic motion to instruct conferees to support the Senate version of the Labor-HHS bill. House GOP conferees: Frelinghuysen, Hal Rogers, Aderholt, Granger, Calvert, Cole, Womack, and Roby; House Dem conferees: Lowey, Visclosky, DeLauro, Roybal-Allard, and McCollum. 9/6: Senate named conferees – GOP conferees: Shelby, Blunt, Graham, Moran; Dem conferees: Leahy, Murray, Durbin.
Conf. Report: Defense LHHS Conference Report FY19 | Defense LHHS Joint Statement
Hse-R-Sum/Stmt Defense-Sum LHHS Sum | Hse-D-Sum | Hse-D-Stmt | Sen-R-Sum | Sen-D-Sum: Defense-Sum LHHS-Sum
Senate: 9/18: Def-LHHS Conference Report adopted 93-7 | R-Stmt | D-Stmt
House: 9/25: House Rules Comm.
Total Defense Appropriations consists of:
(1) Amounts appropriated under the statutory Defense/Security Cap of the Budget Control Act of 2011 (as modified by the Bipartisan Budget Acts of 2013, ’15, and ’18); and
(2) additional amounts (close to $70b) appropriated “outside” the caps for “Overseas Contingency Operations.” Although OCO funding is intended to be war-related (hence the exemption from the annual spending caps), the funding provided for OCO includes some amounts intended to be used for regular activities of the DoD according to a 2018 GAO report.
FY 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)
Defense is one of the few areas where the authorization bill — developed by the House Armed Services Committee and Senate Armed Services Committee — provides funding levels for programs and projects with specificity. Appropriations.com therefore tracks the Defense Authorization Bill:
FY 2019 Conference Action on NDAA:
Conf. Report: 7/23/18: Conference Agreement reached on John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) | Conf Rpt-874 | Jt Stmt REV | Summary of Changes in the Revised Conference Report | House-Summary | Senate Summary
House Approval: 7/26: Hse Passed 359-54
Senate Approval: 8/1: Sen Passed 87-10
President’s Approval: 8/13 Signed
Note: There are sometimes vigorous policy and funding disagreements between the defense authorizing and appropriations committees, which sometimes are settled only by which bill — the authorizing bill or the appropriations bill — is enacted later in time.
CRS funding summaries:
- FY 2019 National Defense Authorization Act – An Overview of H.R. 5515, as Reported
- DOD Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E) Appropriations Structure
- FY 2018 Defense Appropriations Act: An Overview
- FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)
- Overseas Contingency Operations Funding: Background and Status
- Defense Authorization and Appropriations Bills_ FY 1961-FY 2018
- Defense Primer- Defense Appropriations Process
The Defense bill funds the following agencies:
Department of Defense (See also Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies)
-Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DOD)
-Defense Finance and Accounting Service
-Defense Intelligence Agency (DOD)
-Defense Investigative Service (DOD)
-Defense Logistics Agency (DOD)
-Department of the Air Force
-Department of the Army
-Department of the Navy
-Missile Defense Agency (DOD)
-National Geospatial and Intelligence Agency (DOD)
-National Guard and Reserve Components (DOD)
-National Security Agency (DOD)
-U.S. Court of Military Appeals (DOD)
Uniformed Services University of the Health Services
Central Intelligence Agency
Defense Security and Cooperation Agency
National Reconnaissance Office
North Atlantic Treaty Organization [NATO]
Uniformed Services University of the Health Services
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Omnibus: all (or most) regular appropriations bills packaged together.
Minibus: several regular appropriations bills packaged together.
CR: continues agency funding at a particular level–often the previous year–without detailed appropriations.
Cromnibus: a CR for some agencies and detailed appropriations for others.
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Defense: Nonpartisan Reports on Major Issues
- LINK HERE to all CBO Reports on the Defense Budget.
- Recent CBO reports:
- Prospects for DoD’s Budget Over the Next Decade Feb 2018
- Analysis: Long-Term Costs of the Administration’s Goals for the Military Dec 2017
- Approaches for Managing the Costs of U.S. Nuclear Forces, 2017 to 2046 Oct 2017
- Trends in the Department of Defense’s Support Costs Oct 2017
- An Analysis of the Navy’s Fiscal Year 2017 Shipbuilding Plan Feb 2017
- Projected Costs of U.S. Nuclear Forces, 2017 to 2026 Feb 2017
- Trends in Spending by DoD for Operation and Maintenance Jan 2017
- The U.S. Military’s Force Structure – A Primer July 2016
- Long-Term Implications of the 2016 Future Years Defense Program Jan 2016
- Replacing Military Personnel in Support Positions With Civilians Dec 2015
- Preserving the Navy’s Forward Presence With a Smaller Fleet March 2015
- Collection of CRS Reports on National Security Topics
- Collection of CRS Reports on Intelligence and Related Topics
- Collection of CRS Reports on Nuclear Weapons and Arms Control
- Collection of CRS Reports on Conventional Weapons Systems
- CBO: Long-Term Implications of Future Years Defense Program (back to 2003)
- CBO: Analysis of the Navy’s Shipbuilding Plan (back to Apr 2005)
- CBO: Projected Costs of U.S. Nuclear Forces (back to Dec 2013)
- NATO: Article 5 Obligations – Background
- SIPRI: U.S. Defense Spending compared to other nations
- PolitiFact: U.S. Defense Spending compared to other nations
- CRS: NATO Burdensharing (2012 Report)
- CBO: construction costs to build a fleet of 355 ships would average $26.6 billion (in 2017 dollars) per year over the next 30 years
- CBO: Growth in DoD Budget 2000 to 2014
- CRS: Defense Spending Under a CR
- CRS: FY 2017 Defense Budget Request, Authorization, Appropriations
- CRS: Defense Quadrennial Review
- CRS: Defense Authorization and Appropriations Bills FY1970-FY2017
Two Perspectives on Total Defense Spending:
U.S. Defense Spending as % of GDP: 1960 – 2016