House Panel Snubs Pentagon On Defense Spending

wochit politics
May 29, 2014 AT 7:13 AM
The Pentagon is running into an election-year roadblock in persuading Congress to back proposed cuts in defense spending. A week ago, the House voted for a broad defense policy bill. But now the House panel that decides defense spending has come out with a $570 billion plan that spares an aircraft carrier, gives military personnel a 1.8 percent pay raise and backs the full housing allowance for troops. Senior military leaders have warned that sparing parochial programs will undermine their ability to train soldiers, sailors and airmen to fight, but lawmakers are determined to protect favorite weapons.