The House on Wednesday passed the Defense Department’s fiscal year 2019 (FY’19) funding bill by a veto-proof majority, essentially ensuring that the Pentagon will have its funding on time for the first time in nearly a decade.
The House approved the conference version of H.R. 6157, the minibus bill which includes funding for the Departments of Defense, Labor, Education and Health and Human Services, by a vote of 361 to 61. The Senate approved the bill by a vote of 93 to 7 earlier this month.
According to reports, President Donald Trump indicated Wednesday that he plans to sign the bill before the fiscal year ends on Sept. 30, which would allow the Pentagon to access funds for the next fiscal year for the first time in nine years.
The DoD will receive about $674 billion, about $2 billion less than what was originally included in the FY ’19 presidential budget request. However, the Pentagon is slated to receive roughly $20 billion more than the 2018 budget.
The DoD appropriation would boost military procurement by about $135 billion in 2019: about 1 percent more than the 2018 budget, and nearly $5 billion more than requested. (Defense Daily, Sept.18)