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.