Defense budget spares ships and planes in election year - – Rockford’s News Leader

Defense budget spares ships and planes in election year

WASHINGTON DC (WREX) - A Republican-led House committee that wants to keep older weapons and preserve generous personnel benefits is mostly ignoring pleas from the Pentagon to keep flexibility in the military so it's ready to fight with less money.

The House Armed Services Committee worked to finish a $601 billion defense bill for the fiscal year starting October 1 during a day-night marathon session on Wednesday. The budget authorizes spending for ships, planes, missiles, and pay. It also spares excess military bases, the Cold War-era U-2 spy plane, Navy cruisers, and an 11th aircraft carrier, as conventional interests prevail in the election year.

The debate also brought up policy discussions on serious matters like sexual assault in the ranks as well as lighter discussions on whether sailors and Marines should be allowed to smoke.
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