Falcons Tackle As Pentagon Spending Debate Looms
Progressive Democrats, including Mark Pocan of Wisconsin and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, failed to attach an amendment that would cut the Defense Department’s budget by 10% by a margin of 86-332. Another amendment that would limit the top line to the number requested by the Pentagon, supported by Pocan, Ocasio-Cortez, Barbara Lee of California and Sara Jacobs of California, a freshman in the Armed Forces, was rejected by a margin of 142 -286.
McCollum voted against the 10 percent cut but in favor of removing the $ 24.7 billion added by lawmakers when the military services increased the bill. Calvert voted against both amendments.
No more arguments to come
The release of the Senate version signals that a floor vote is not far away, possibly in the coming weeks. The Senate Armed Services Committee sent it to the plenary assembly with a bipartisan 23-3 vote, which bodes well for its passage.
But even with the bills taking shape, it’s too early to know what will make the final bill. The conference committee that reconciles the two bills, which conducts its work behind closed doors, is notorious for removing provisions without providing much explanation.
“Analysts and planners should pay more attention to credits than authorizations, but authorizations can signal intent,” said Byron Callan, defense analyst at Capital Alpha Partners, in a note to investors.