Defense: FY2014 Authorization and Appropriations
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
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Congressional action on DOD s FY2014 budget was hobbled by the prevailing uncertainty over the entire federal budget that dissipated only in mid-December, when Congress passed and the President signed H.J.Res. 59, which set binding caps on discretionary spending for defense and non-defense programs in FY2014. The bill s defense cap, while about 31 billion below the amount requested for defense programs by President Obama, was more than 20 billion higher than the FY2014 defense cap that had been set by the Budget Control Act BCA of 2011 P.L. 112-25. President Obama s FY2014 base budget request of 552.0 billion in discretionary budget authority for the Department of Defense DOD and defense-related programs of other agencies excluding war costs, exceeded by 53.9 billion the legally binding cap on defense funding for FY2014 that was enacted in 2011 as part of the BCA. Similarly, in their initial actions on the annual defense funding bills for FY2014, the House and the Armed Services and Appropriations Committees of the Senate approved defense funding totals excluding war costs that were very close to President Obama s so-called base budget i.e., non-war request, regardless of the BCA cap.
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