|Date:||31 Jan 1995 14:11:45|
|Subject:||More Budget Cuts.|
Posting from Gawain Kripke <gkripke@Essential.ORG> To: Interested Colleagues From: Gawain Kripke Last Friday, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on National Security (formerly named Defense) "marked-up" a supplemental spending bill for Fiscal Year 1995. The main rationale for this extra money is to compensate the Department of Defense for extra costs related to peace keeping missions in Haiti, Somalia, and Bosnia. The subcommittee markup was a surprised and was only announced on Thursday evening. No draft bill or notes were handed out in the closed meeting and no information is officially available. However, the Wall Street Journal ran a story on Monday (I think) which reported that in addition to increased spending on operations and maintenance accounts, some rescissions were proposed including $150 million from environmental cleanup and $502 million from the Technology Reinvestment Project or TRP. In all the subcommittee proposed about $3.2 billion in new spending, about $1.46 in rescissions with a net increase of $1.75 billion for the DOD. According to informal sources, only three members of the subcommittee voted against the bill, including one Republican. As a matter of process and precedent, this markup was unusual. Historically, the Appropriations Committee has acted in relatively bipartisan manner with good relations between Dems and Repubs. In this case, the secrecy and timing indicate a lack of congeniality which bodes very badly for interparty relations. Next step is for the full Appropriations Committee to meet and mark up the bill. This will happen in a few weeks, but has not been scheduled yet.
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