Defense: FY2008 Authorization and Appropriations
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The Presidents FY2008 federal budget request, released February 5, 2007, included 647.2 billion in new budget authority for national defense. In addition to 483.2 billion for the regular operations of the Department of Defense DOD, the request includes 141.7 billion for continued military operations, primarily to fund the campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, 17.4 billion for the nuclear weapons and other defense-related programs of the Department of Energy, and 5.2 billion for defense-related activities of other agencies. The 483.2 billion requested for DOD s base budget that is, the request for regular operations excluding the cost of ongoing combat activity is 46.8 billion higher than the agency s base budget for FY2007, an increase of 11 in nominal terms and, by DOD s reckoning, an increase in real purchasing power of 8.0, taking into account the cost of inflation. The Presidents request includes a proposal to increase retiree medical fees and copays, which Congress rejected in its action on the FY2007 defense budget and which also is rejected by both the House-passed and the Senate Armed Services Committee versions of the FY2008 defense authorization bill H.R. 1585 and S. 1547. Both bills also would authorize a military pay raise of 3.5 instead of the 3 raise in the budget request.
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