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DLM ALERT – House Appropriations Releases Short-term Continuing Resolution (CR)

NEWS
House Appropriations Committee
Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen
Website address: http://appropriations.house.gov/
For Immediate Release: January 16, 2018
Contact: Jennifer Hing, (202) 226-7007

Resolution to Continue Government Operations and Prevent a Shutdown Released

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen today introduced legislation (H.J.Res 125) to maintain current funding for federal operations and prevent a government shutdown. The Continuing Resolution (CR) is a stop-gap measure that will extend government funding through February 16, 2018. In absence of this legislation, existing funding would run out on January 19, 2018.

In addition to continuing government funding, the bill includes language to extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years, a provision that allows the Department of Defense to provide funding for “Missile Defeat and Defense Enhancements” activities, and extensions of several health care related tax provisions.

Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen made the following statement on the legislation:

“Once again, a Continuing Resolution is needed to provide government funding and avoid a shutdown. My hope is that House and Senate Leadership and the White House can reach consensus quickly on a budget agreement, so that essential Appropriations work on all 12 government funding bills can be completed. We are now four months into the 2018 Fiscal Year, and Congress must act as soon as possible to ensure that proper, year-long funding for our national defense and other critical federal programs is enacted.”

DLM Alert – House Passes CR and Disaster Bills

NEWS
House Appropriations Committee
Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen
Website address: http://appropriations.house.gov/
For Immediate Release: December 21, 2017
Contact: Jennifer Hing, (202) 226-7007

House Approves Two Bills to Continue Government Operations and Provide Emergency Disaster Aid

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives today approved two pieces of legislation to temporarily continue government funding until January 19, 2018, and to provide $81 billion in disaster relief for those affected by recent hurricanes, wildfires, and other disasters.

Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen made the following statement on the legislation:

“The Continuing Resolution will extend current levels of funding for government operations through January 19, 2018, and will prevent a government shutdown. This is critical to our nation’s stability, our economy, for the continuation of programs and services the American people depend on.

“The resolution will also allow time for Republican and Democratic Leaders to come to a longer-term budget agreement on top-line government funding levels for the 2018 fiscal year. Once this agreement is reached, the Appropriations Committee will continue negotiations with the Senate in order to enact all 12 regular Appropriations bills to ensure essential funding for federal programs and services, including national defense. It is critical that Congress complete this Constitutionally-mandated budgetary work as quickly as possible.

“The second bill provides $81 billion in assistance for the next stage of recovery from multiple, back-to-back, devastating disasters, including some of the largest major hurricanes, wildfires, and agriculture losses this country has ever seen. From Florida to Texas, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, California, and all areas dealing with major disaster declarations – this Congress is committed to helping communities and families recover.

“I now urge the Senate to act quickly on this bill so that hard-working Americans continue to have access to the programs they rely on, including a strong national defense and critical disaster recovery assistance.”
Highlights:
• Continuing Resolution (CR) – This stopgap measure will temporarily extend federal funding until January 19, 2018. In the absence of this legislation, under the current law existing funding will run out on December 22, 2017. It also includes:

– An additional $4.7 billion for emergency Defense needs, including ship repair and missile defense;
– A temporary extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program to ensure States have the flexibility to administer the program until March 31, 2018;
– An extension of the existing Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) for the duration of the CR;
– A temporary extension of the National Flood Insurance program for the duration of the CR;
– An additional $2.1 billion for the Veterans Choice Act funding to cover the upcoming shortfalls in the program; and
– A delay of automatic (sequestration) cuts in both defense and non-defense funding for the duration of the CR.

• Emergency Disaster Supplemental: The bill will provide additional emergency assistance for recent hurricanes, wildfires in California, and related agriculture losses. This emergency funding totals $81 billion, and targets programs that will continue relief and recovery efforts in all affected communities, including in Texas, Florida, California, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
For a summary of the emergency supplemental portion of the legislation, please visit: https://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=395078
For the text of the Continuing Resolution, please visit: http://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20171218/BILLS-115HR1370-RCP115-52.pdf
For the text of the Emergency Supplemental, please visit: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115hr4667ih/pdf/BILLS-115hr4667ih.pdf

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DLM ALERT – House Appropriations Releases Disaster Bill

HAC Press release
For Immediate Release: December 15, 2017
Contact: Jennifer Hing, (202) 226-7007

Emergency Disaster Aid Package Introduced

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen today introduced a bill to provide additional emergency assistance for recent hurricanes, wildfires in California, and related agriculture losses. The bill, H.R. 4667, totals $81 billion, and targets funds to programs to continue relief and recovery efforts in all of the affected communities, including in Texas, Florida, California, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen made the following statement on the legislation:

“This legislation is the next step in helping our fellow Americans recover from multiple, back-to-back, devastating disasters, including some of the largest major hurricanes, wildfires, and agriculture losses this country has ever seen.

“We have a commitment to our fellow citizens that are in the midst of major rebuilding efforts in all areas, including Texas, Florida, California, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. They deserve our continued support, and we must provide the necessary resources for them to recover from these emergencies. This funding is critical to victims devastated by these disasters.

“As we move forward, we will continue to monitor recovery efforts and will stand side-by-side those victims to ensure that they have what is required to regain their livelihoods and rebuild their communities.”

Bill Highlights

Total: $81 billion in emergency spending for programs and activities to respond to recent hurricanes, wildfires, and other designated disasters. This includes funding such as:

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): $27.6 billion for FEMA for disaster response and recovery efforts. This includes:

• Disaster Relief Fund (DRF) funding for response and recovery efforts in all disaster affected areas;
• A provision that allows the transfer of up to $4 billion to the Disaster Assistance Direct Loan Program Account for Community Disaster Loans (CDL);
• A provision providing up to 90% federal cost share for disasters declared in 2017 for wildfires; and
• $60 million to ensure FEMA’s readiness for future disasters.

Community Development Block Grants-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR): $26.1 billion for CDBG-DR for housing, business, infrastructure, and mitigation needs for communities devastated by disasters in 2017 and prior years. This includes:

• $13.6 billion in grants to states, tribes, and territories for recovery efforts. This is a block grant program for disaster-affected communities with significant flexibility to address local needs; and
• $12.5 billion set-aside for mitigation projects to help communities protect against future natural disasters, and to protect the taxpayer from recurring costs of rebuilding after storms.

Army Corps of Engineers – $12.1 billion for the Corps of Engineers for repairs needed due to natural disasters, and to expedite studies and projects to reduce damages in future disasters in areas affected by recent hurricanes. This includes:

• $10.5 billion for repairs to ongoing construction projects, and to expedite construction projects that will help mitigate future disaster damage;
• $370 million to repair damages along the Mississippi River and its tributaries;
• $608 million for Operation and Maintenance to repair damages, such as dredging of navigation channels;
• $537 million for Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies to repair damages; and
• $75 million to expedite studies to help mitigate future disaster damage.

Agriculture Assistance: $3.8 billion for the Department of Agriculture for disaster recovery from hurricanes, wildfires, and crop loss. This includes:

• $2.6 billion for agriculture disaster assistance, including those related crop and livestock losses in disaster designated zones;
• $541 million for watershed and flood prevention efforts;
• $400 million for emergency conservation efforts to mitigate future disaster risks; and
• $165 million for repairs and mitigation for rural water and waste disposal systems.

Education: $2.9 billion for hurricane education recovery. This funding will help restart operations in schools in affected areas, including school rebuilding and refurbishment and replacement of educational material.
This funding will also provide support to states and localities that accommodate displaced students from K-12, college and technical schools from affected areas, including disabled and homeless students. This funding can be used for both public and private schools.

Small Business Disaster Loans: $1.6 billion for the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) disaster loan program. This will allow SBA to make up to $12.2 billion in disaster loans to small businesses and homeowners in all affected areas for recovery and rebuilding.

Defense Facilities – $1.5 billion to repair Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Reserve, National Guard, Coast Guard, and medical military facilities, and to repair or replace equipment damaged by the hurricanes in all affected areas.

Federal Transportation Emergency Relief: $1.4 billion to address all current damages to federal highways caused by designated disasters. These funds are provided directly to states and localities for repairs. The bill also includes $269 million to help communities restore hurricane-damaged mass transit systems.

Economic Development Grants: $600 million to states and localities for economic development grants. These projects can include technical assistance, planning, and infrastructure projects to aid economic recovery in hurricane and wildfire disaster areas.

DLM Advisory – Second CR, Defense Bill Released

NEWS
House Appropriations Committee
Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen
Website address: http://appropriations.house.gov/
For Immediate Release: December 13, 2017
Contact: Jennifer Hing, (202) 226-7007

Resolution Introduced to Fund National Defense, Extend Children’s Health Insurance Program, and Continue Short-Term Government Operations

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen today introduced legislation to fully fund national defense programs for the entire fiscal year (including emergency funding for missile defense activities), to continue the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and to maintain current federal operations and prevent a government shutdown (H.J.Res 124).
The Continuing Resolution (CR) is a stopgap measure that will temporarily extend federal funding until January 19, 2018. In the absence of such a measure, under the current law, existing funding will run out on December 22, 2017. The legislation also waives automatic cuts to defense funding and temporarily delays the automatic cuts to non-defense funding, slated to occur in January under the “sequestration” rule.

Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen made the following statement on the legislation:

“Funding national defense is a top priority, especially in these uncertain times of instability around the globe. Our troops and commanders must have the resources they need right now to advance peace and our nation’s interests abroad. This Continuing Resolution will fund national defense for the entire fiscal year and provide additional funds for missile defense.

“It is also critically important that we provide resources for our children’s health. Families across the nation rely on the National Children’s Health Program to help sick kids get better and to ensure healthy and happy futures. This legislation includes a measure that would extend this important program throughout the year.

“Lastly, this resolution extends current levels of funding for government operations through January 19, 2018 – preventing a government shutdown. This funding is critical to our nation’s stability, our economy, and for the wellbeing of the American people. It is essential that Congress maintain the programs and services that all Americans depend on.

“This CR is not the preferred way to do the nation’s fiscal business. It is vital that all 12 Appropriations bills be negotiated with the Senate and signed into law. However, this resolution will allow time for the leadership of the House and Senate and the White House to come to agreement on a topline spending level for this fiscal year. Once this agreement is made, my Committee will promptly go to work with the Senate to complete the final legislation.”

DLM Alert – House Passes Continuing Resolution

NEWS
House Appropriations Committee
Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen
Website address: http://appropriations.house.gov/
For Immediate Release: December 7, 2017
Contact: Jennifer Hing, (202) 226-7007

House Passes Resolution to Continue Government Operations and Prevent a Shutdown

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives today approved legislation to maintain current funding for federal operations and prevent a government shutdown. The Continuing Resolution (CR) is a stopgap measure that will extend government funding until December 22, 2017. In absence of this legislation, existing funding would run out tomorrow, December 8, 2017.

Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen, the sponsor of the resolution, made the following statement on the legislation:

“This legislation will prevent a government shutdown and preserve vital federal programs that Americans rely on. This is critical to our nation’s stability, our national security, our economic health, and the wellbeing of the American people.

“This simple, clean extension provides funding for government programs through December 22, and will allow additional time for House and Senate leadership to reach a deal on overall topline spending levels for this fiscal year. It is absolutely vital that all 12 of the regular fiscal year 2018 Appropriations bills be negotiated with the Senate and signed into law. My Committee will go to work immediately to complete these essential bills once an agreement on these spending levels is reached.”

DLM Alert – Rules Committee Delays Action on Continuing Resolution

Meeting Announcement for H.J. Res. 123
The Committee will now convene on the following measure on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 3:00 PM in H-313 The Capitol:
H.J. Res. 123 — Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018

Please Note: This measure will be in addition to the previously scheduled measures (H.R. 477 and H.R. 3971).
Created: Dec 5, 2017

DLM Advisory – Senate Finance GOP Celebrate Passage of Tax Reform

Chairman’s News

December 04,2017
Press Contact: 202-224-4515, Katie Niederee and Julia Lawless
Finance Committee Republicans Applaud Senate Passage of Historic Tax Reform
GOP Finance Committee Members Laud Passage of Pro-Family, Pro-Growth Tax Overhaul

The United States Senate last week passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a historic tax overhaul that provides tax relief for working families, levels the playing field for Main Street businesses, and makes America a more welcoming place to do business. Finance Committee Members have been hard at work on this legislation for months, crafting a tax plan that lifts Americans and grows the economy. Take a look at what they’re saying about the Senate’s passage of the proposal:

“Senate Republicans…came together to make history and advance a comprehensive tax overhaul that will deliver more income, more jobs, higher wages and more opportunity for all Americans. Rooted in pro-growth policies, this legislation will help families and individuals invest in their future, promote savings, and encourage American job creators to keep more jobs and investment here at home.” — Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)

“The passage of this bill is a historic moment for Iowa and the entire country. It’s been more than 30 years since Congress passed significant tax reform. The good news is that this legislation will let Iowans keep more of their own hard-earned money, increase average wages and help create new jobs.” — U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)

“For the first time in over three decades, Congress has finally taken an imperative step forward in reforming our tax code to allow Idaho’s women and men the ability to keep more of their hard-earned money, while the bill’s dramatic simplification of the tax code will also save families significant time and money when it comes time to file their taxes each year.” — U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho)

“We have proven that we can act decisively to grow our economy, help those living paycheck to paycheck, create better opportunities with job creation and bring jobs back from overseas.” — U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.)

“This tax reform bill has been years in the making. After more than 70 hearings on taxes and an open legislative process, we have a bill before us that will bring relief to millions of Americans.” — U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.)

“[W]e’re another step closer to reforming the nation’s antiquated, complex tax code for the first time in more than three decades. I appreciate the support and hard work of my colleagues over the last few days, and soon we’ll vote to let hardworking folks keep more of their money and provide greater economic opportunity for all,” — U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas)

“By cutting taxes for middle-income Americans and providing job creators with the environment they need to hire more workers and increase wages, this tax reform package will turn the economic tide and help Americans get ahead. I commend Chairman Hatch and my colleagues for all the work they have done this year to ensure this bill made it over the finish line here in the Senate.” — U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.)

“This bill is an historic opportunity to reform a broken tax code that hasn’t worked for the people of this country in years. We have a responsibility to get our economy moving and put more money back in the pockets of the hard-working Americans who earned it in the first place.” — U.S. Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.)

“With this vote, we have demonstrated our commitment to providing stronger economic growth, increased wages and a higher standard of living for hardworking Americans and their families.” — U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.)

“The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act gives families freedom to spend more of their money how they see fit, puts faith in American entrepreneurs and businesses to compete in the global market, and creates a fairer tax system that encourages jobs and investment in the United States…I want to commend Leader McConnell, Chairman Hatch, and all those involved in passing this historic bill through the Senate, and I’m looking forward to resolving our differences with the House. This is once-in-a-generation tax reform that will improve our economy and expand opportunity for all Americans.” — U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio)

“Our bill directly lowers the tax burden for middle income families and fundamentally restructures the business tax code so American workers and businesses can compete globally. It transforms one of the world’s worst business tax codes into one of the most competitive, making it easier for entrepreneurs to start new businesses and giving employers greater incentives to buy new capital equipment and bring operations home from overseas. I am confident these reforms will unleash a surge in economic growth and job creation.” — U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.)

“Think about this: doubling the child tax credit could mean enough money for a family of four to cover more than three months’ worth of groceries or purchase more than 9,000 diapers. The benefits of an enhanced child tax credit, however, extend beyond freeing up money for families to spend on day-to-day costs, it also allows them to better plan for their futures.” — U.S. Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.)

“[W]e are one step closer to starting the New Year off with a tax code that the American people both need and deserve. American families will get a better deal under tax reform. [Small Business] owners will have an easier time expanding and creating jobs. This is much needed reform!” — U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.)

“The Tax Cut and Jobs Act cuts taxes for working and middle-income families. It boosts the economy, repeals Obamacare’s individual mandate, preserves the Historic Tax Credit, gives tax relief to victims of the 2016 floods in North and South Louisiana and provides money to rebuild our coastline. This is a good bill for Louisiana and the United States.” — U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.)

DLM Advisory – Continuing Resolution Introduced

NEWS
House Appropriations Committee
Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen
Website address: http://appropriations.house.gov/
For Immediate Release: December 1, 2017
Contact: Jennifer Hing, (202) 226-7007

Chairman Frelinghuysen Introduces Resolution to Continue Government Operations and Prevent a Shutdown

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen today introduced legislation to maintain current funding for federal operations and prevent a government shutdown. The Continuing Resolution (CR) is a stop-gap measure that will extend government funding until December 22, 2017. In absence of this legislation, existing funding would run out on December 8, 2017.

Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen made the following statement on the legislation:

“Continuing funding for federal operations is critical to our nation’s stability, our economy, and for the well-being of the American people. It is a necessary step to ensure the programs and services that all Americans rely on are maintained and available to all.

“It is absolutely vital that all 12 of the regular Appropriations bills be negotiated and signed into law. This CR will allow for additional time for a deal to be reached on top-line spending levels for this fiscal year. Once this agreement is made, my Committee will rapidly go to work with the Senate to complete the final legislation.”

DLM Advisory – Senate Budget Committee Reports Tax Bill

11.28.17
Senate Budget Committee Reports FY 2018 Budget Reconciliation Legislation
WASHINGTON D.C. – The United States Senate Budget Committee, chaired by Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), today reported out the FY 2018 Budget Reconciliation legislation. Last month, the Senate passed a budget resolution that included reconciliation instructions to spur economic growth, and specifically instructed the Senate Finance Committee to come up with comprehensive tax reform and the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to save $1 billion. Enzi noted that this legislation will help boost America’s economy, create more jobs, and leave more money in people’s paychecks. The bill now heads to the full senate for consideration. The House of Representatives approved a reconciliation bill earlier this month focused on tax reform.
“House and Senate passage of the budget resolution marked an important first step toward tax relief for American families and job-creators that will jumpstart economic growth,” said Chairman Enzi. “Today’s markup moves us one step closer to a simpler, fairer, and more transparent tax system. This bill will provide a needed makeover for our out-of-date tax code while advancing American energy security.”
Specifically, the legislation will reduce the tax burden on American job creators and modernize our outdated tax system. Tax reform will help put American companies on a level playing field with their foreign competitors in order to grow the economy and create more jobs at home. The bill also includes a more targeted provision focused on growing domestic jobs and economic investment through limited and responsible energy development in Alaska, which the Congressional Budget Office estimates will raise nearly $1.1 billion over the 10-year budget window.

DLM Advisory – Senate Appropriations Releases FY18 Defense Appropriations Bill

United States Senate Committee on APPROPRIATIONS

11.21.17
FY2018 Defense Appropriations Bill Released

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate Committee on Appropriations today released the FY2018 chairman’s recommendation and explanatory statement for the Department of Defense.

The recommendation provides $581.3 billion in base Department of Defense funding, $15.4 billion above the President’s budget request, and $64.9 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding, roughly equal to the President’s budget request. In addition to these amounts, the Chairman’s recommendation includes $4.5 billion in emergency funding, as requested by the President, for Missile Defeat and Defense Enhancements.

“This proposal recommends funding for programs necessary to protect U.S. national security interests. However, we still require a budget agreement to establish a top-line funding level for national defense spending,” said Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), who also chairs the Subcommittee on Defense.

“I am optimistic we will be able to write a final bill that supports a strong U.S. force structure and makes needed investments in readiness, shipbuilding programs, aircraft procurement, and missile defense,” he said.

Text of Draft FY2018 Defense Appropriations Bill: https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/FY2018-Defense-Chairmans-Mark.pdf
Explanatory statement: https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/FY2018-Defense-Explanatory-Statement.pdf

Bill Highlights:

U.S. Department of Defense – The FY2018 chairman’s recommendation provides $581.3 billion in base Department of Defense funding, $15.4 billion above the President’s budget request, and $64.9 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding, roughly equal to the President’s budget request. In addition to these amounts, the chairman’s recommendation includes another $4.5 billion in emergency funding, as requested by the President, for Missile Defeat and Defense Enhancements.

Military Personnel and Pay – Fully funds an active duty end strength of 1,322,500 and a reserve component end strength of 816,900, an increase of 9,500, and funds a 2.4 percent pay raise for military personnel as authorized by the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act. The Chairman’s recommendation adds $674 million to pay for increased end strength and $206 million to address the increase in military pay.

Readiness – $239.8 billion in base and OCO funding for operation and maintenance accounts to improve full spectrum warfighter readiness. The recommended funding level makes significant investments in training, maintenance, and modernization to restore near-term warfighting readiness while setting the conditions for future, sustained readiness. Within this amount, $2.5 billion is provided above the request to invest in facility sustainment, restoration, and modernization programs. The bill also includes an additional $3.9 billion available for transfer to the military services to improve military readiness, including increased training, depot maintenance, and base operations support.

Surface Force Incidents – $673 million is included to repair damage to and restore operational readiness of two Navy destroyers, the USS John S. McCain and the USS Fitzgerald. The bill also provides an additional $23 million to begin implementing the recommendations of the Comprehensive Review of Recent Surface Force Incidents.

DOD Unfunded Requirements – In addition to addressing requirements of the National Defense Authorization Act and other Committee initiatives, the chairman’s recommendation includes $17.7 billion to address items included on unfunded requirements lists submitted to Congress by the military services and combatant commanders.

Shipbuilding – $21.8 billion for Navy shipbuilding programs, $1.4 billion above the President’s request. In total, the bill funds the construction of 10 new ships: one aircraft carrier, two Virginia class submarines, two DDG-51 destroyers, two Littoral Combat Ships, one LXR/LPD amphibious warship, one Expeditionary Fast Transport ship, and one T-AGS oceanographic survey ship. The bill also fully funds advance procurement activities for Ohio class and Virginia class submarines. Other critical shipbuilding investments include an additional $175 million for the expansion of the submarine industrial base and $150 million to accelerate procurement of a Heavy Polar Icebreaker.

Missile Defense – $9.3 billion for missile defense, $1.4 billion above the President’s request. The recommendation also includes an increase of $1.1 billion for U.S. missile defense programs to accelerate missile defense capacity and capabilities in light of escalating threats from North Korea. Additionally, $706 million is provided for Israeli missile defense programs, an increase of $558 million, as requested by the Government of Israel.

Aircraft Procurement – The bill addresses several unfunded requirements across the services through the procurement of multiple air frames, including the following funding not requested in the President’s budget:
• $1.0 billion for four F-35 carrier variant and four F-35 vertical take-off Joint Strike Fighters (Navy & Marine Corps)
• $800 million for eight MC-130J aircraft (Special Operations Command)
• $739 million for 10 F-18 Super Hornet aircraft (Navy)
• $495 million for six V-22 helicopters (Marine Corps & Navy)
• $400 million for eight MH-60R helicopters (Navy)
• $343 million for four KC-130J tanker aircraft (Marine Corps)
• $309 million for nine AH-64E Apache helicopters (Army)
• $250 million for two CH-53K King Stallion helicopters (Marine Corps)
• $247 million for four CH-47G Chinook helicopters (Special Operations Command)
• $108 million for eight UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters (Army National Guard)
• $100 million for one HC-130J aircraft (Air Force)
• $90 million for 11 UH-72 Lakota helicopters (Army)
• $35 million for Compass Call modifications (Air Force)

The bill also provides an additional $120 million for Air Force F-35 advance procurement to increase planned procurements in FY2019, and an additional $750 million for Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps aviation spares and repair parts to address maintenance and readiness issues.

Basic Research Investments – $2.3 billion, $30 million above the President’s request, for basic (non-medical) research for the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Department of Defense.

Defense Health – $34.5 billion for the Defense Health Program, which provides medical services for military personnel and their families, continues advancements in medical research, and implements the next generation of electronic health records. This amount includes an additional $948 million for defense medical research efforts, including $300 million for the competitively awarded peer-reviewed medical research program and $240 million to advance Defense Department medical research priorities.

Munitions – $15.1 billion, $731 million above the President’s request, for the procurement of missiles and ammunition. Additional funds address unfunded requirements identified by the military services, industrial base capacity support, and munitions replenishment.

Space Launch – $398 million, $100 million above the budget request, for space launch vehicle and engine development activities.

National Guard and Reserve Equipment – $1.5 billion for the National Guard and Reserve Equipment Account to modernize our reserve forces and ensure full interoperability with the active duty force. The bill also includes $120 million for Army Guard and Reserve HMMWV Ambulances.
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Related Files
FY2018-Defense-Chairmans-Mark.pdf
FY2018-Defense-Explanatory-Statement.pdf