FY 2017 Defense Budget
The House of Representatives on 02 December 2016 passed a bill that allowed 611 billion U.S. dollars' defense budget for 2017. The bill, which gave an extra 9 billion dollars than the original request by President Barack Obama, was passed in a 375-34 vote. The extra money would cover a 2.1 percent pay raise for troops, 0.5 percent higher than requested, 16,000 and 3,000 more personnel for the army and the marine corps, respectively. The Senate was expected to vote on the paper next week and send it to Obama for ratification, a White House spokesman said. The president will decide whether he approves the revision after studying the fine print.
Despite the extra money, House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry thought the budget was not enough. "My great hope is that the new incoming administration will submit to Congress a supplemental request that can really get about the job of rebuilding the military, which is so essential," he said. Within the budget, Base Budget, which finances running costs of the U.S. military, is 543.4 billion dollars, while 59.5 billion dollars are marked Overseas Contingency Operations Budget, also known as the war budget. The overall budget showed a slight hike from the 607 billion dollars budget provided for 2016.
Office of Management and Budget Documentation
- FY17 Budget Request: Department of Defense Summary
- Estimate #1 — FY 2017 Technical Budget Amendments