Blog: Visclosky manages 2014 Defense Appropriations Act

2014-06-18T17:29:00Z Blog: Visclosky manages 2014 Defense Appropriations Act nwitimes.com

Here's video of U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Ind., delivering his opening statement Wednesday as he managed the $486.6 billion 2014 Defense Appropriations Act.

Some highlights:

OVERSEAS CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS: The bill provides $79.4 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations, which is equal to the President’s budget request and $5.7 billion less than the 2014 enacted level.

MILITARY PERSONNEL: The bill provides $128.1 billion for Military Personnel, which is $830 million less than the President’s budget request and $668 million less than the 2014 enacted level.

OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE: The bill provides $164.6 billion for Operation and Maintenance, which is $1.4 billion less than the President’s budget request and $4.8 billion more than the 2014 enacted level.

PROCUREMENT: The bill provides $91.2 billion for Procurement, which is $1.6 billion more than the President’s budget request and $1.6 billion less than the 2014 enacted level.

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT: The bill provides $63.4 billion for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, which is $171 million less than the President’s budget request and $368 million more than the 2014 enacted level.

MILITARY PAY: The bill provides $533.5 million for a 1.8 percent pay raise for military personnel.

INTEGRATED ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS: The bill withholds 75 percent of funds for the Defense Healthcare Management System Modernization (DHMSM) pending a report from the Secretary of Defense on acquisition and cost of DHMSM and the status of efforts to achieve interoperability with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

MEDICAL RESEARCH: The bill provides an increase of $591.3 million above the President’s request for Peer Reviewed Medical Research Programs, including an increase of $125 million above the request for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Psychological Health research and $4.0 million above the request for alcohol and substance abuse research.

SUICIDE PREVENTION AND TRAINING: The bill includes an additional $20 million for the Suicide Prevention Office, and $18.8 million for suicide prevention efforts identified with respect to Special Operations Command.

A-10 WARTHOG: The bill makes no adjustments to the Department of Defense’s proposal to retire the A-10 Warthog.

CYBER-SECURITY: The bill includes $40 million for cyber-security above the request.

ISRAELI COOPERATIVE PROGRAMS AND IRON DOME: The bill includes $268.8 million for Israeli Cooperative Missile Defense Programs, which is $172 million more than the President’s budget request. The Committee mark also includes $351 million for Iron Dome, which is $175 million more than the President’s budget request.

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