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House Appropriations Committee approves 2017 NDAA

Committee approves defense bill despite White House veto threat.

By Geoff Ziezulewicz
House Appropriations Committee approves 2017 NDAA
A U.S. Army Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) on a road in Taji, Iraq, earlier this year. The U.S. House Appropriations Committee approved a fiscal 2017 defense bill Tuesday that the White House says is taking money from overseas war fighting coffers and inserting it into base Pentagon programs. Photo by Staff Sgt. Victor Joecks/U.S. Army National Guard/UPI

WASHINGTON, May 18 (UPI) -- The U.S. House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday approved the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, a day after the White House threatened a veto over a shifting of overseas contingency operations funds.

The bill provided $517.1 billion in discretionary spending, a $3 billion increase over the 2016 enacted level and $587 million below the President's budget request, according to a committee statement.

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The White House criticized the legislation's proposed shifting of overseas war fighting funds into the base budget, but the approved legislation moves about $16 billion of those funds into the base Pentagon budget, the committee statement said.

"This bill recognizes the critical need for increased funding for more training, readiness and equipment and provides for military families," Defense Subcommittee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-New Jersey, said in the statement. "Our heightened oversight ensures that every dollar counts."

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