Roll Call: Latest News on Capitol Hill, Congress, Politics and Elections
September 17, 2014

Winners and Losers of the Defense Bill

Stars and Stripes summarizes the winners and losers from the defense bill. The highlights:

Winners:

  • Military bases: The final defense bill includes about $1.3 billion more for base operations and maintenance funds than the Defense Department requested.
  • Sex assault prosecutions: the bill does include a host of new provisions designed to protect military sex assault victims.
  • A-10 enthusiasts: Lawmakers included language blocking any Air Force plans to retire the Warthog.

Losers:

  • Troops’ paychecks: a meager 1% pay raise.
  • Medical bill collectors: Congress again rejected Pentagon plans for Tricare fee increases for some military retirees.
  • Littoral combat ship: Congress wants more oversight in the embattled ship building program, and will fence off some funding of new ships until the Pentagon undergoes new reviews.

Comments (0)

No comments just yet.

Sign In

Forgot password?

Or

Subscribe

Receive daily coverage of the people, politics and personality of Capitol Hill.

Subscription | Free Trial

Logging you in. One moment, please...