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Chairman Frelinghuysen, I would like to begin by conveying my deep appreciation for your steady leadership of the Defense Subcommittee. Your commitment to this subcommittee’s tradition of cooperative bipartisanship is unwavering and it is a pleasure working with you.
I also would like to express my gratitude to Chairman Rogers, Ranking Member Lowey, and the other Members of the Subcommittee for their efforts. And thank you to the Subcommittee staff and the associate staff for their hard work.
Previous Defense Bills
Fiscal Year 2014
Fiscal Year 2013
Chairman Frelinghuysen, I want to congratulate you on the bipartisan and transparent manner in which you crafted the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Defense bill. In your inaugural year as the Chairman of the Defense Subcommittee, you have continued the strong collegial tradition set by our predecessors. Further, you have been an unrelenting advocate for the oversight responsibilities and constitutional prerogative of the Subcommittee – thus our full Committee – in areas of the Department of Defense (DOD) that have lapsed and ignored the import of Article I, Section 9.
I would like to thank Chairmen Frelinghuysen and Rogers, Ranking Member Visclosky, Secretary Hagel, General Dempsey, Undersecretary Hale, and the rest of our distinguished guests.
Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY), Ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement on President Obama’s FY 2015 budget request:
“The FY2015 budget and appropriations process offers Congress its best opportunity in years to reject the politics of brinkmanship and crisis management, and instead fulfill our responsibility to invest in our future, create and protect jobs, and support services on which American families rely.
2013 total enacted level: $605.4 billion
2014 total Committee mark: $592.8 billion
2014 Omnibus: $572.6 billion
· $85.2 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO), which is $2 billion less than the 2013 enacted level.
· $128.8 billion for Military Personnel, which is $1.3 billion more than the 2013 enacted level.