does this budget include money for permanent bases, as in the story beneath this one?

House approves $696B budget for Pentagon
Stephen Carlson, Jul 14 2017

The House passed the $696b NDAA for FY 2018 on Friday with a bipartisan vote of 344 to 81. The bill passed as 117 Demagogs and all but eight Thugs voted for approval of the measure, which includes $621.5b toward the DoD base budget and the DoE’s nuclear weapons programs. The bill also includes $75b in Overseas Contingency Operations funding, with $10b of the OCO funds being earmarked for base items, such as $6b for shipbuilding. The Act faces a number obstacles if it is to be be passed due to the Budget Control Act of 2011 and sequestrion, whch sets a cap on base defense spending at $549b. Without revision or repeal of the caps, the proposed base budget would be $72b higher than authorized by law. House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry said:

What we can guarantee is if we don’t fund these things now, they will not be available when we need them. The defense authorization bill is only one step in the process. There are many more steps to come.

The Senate Armed Services Committee’s version of the NDAA and legislation approved by the House Appropriations Committee also ignore the budget caps. The Trump administration has filed grievances against the legislation earlier this week with a Statement of Administration Policy. Among the disputes, the budget disapproves of establishing a separate Space Corps, refuses to institute a new round of base closures and realignments, and fails to reign in personnel costs. The administration has not, however, threatened to veto the bill. Mad Dog Mattis has argued that Congress must pass a budget instead of continuing to rely on continuing resolutions. He also called for sequestration caps to be lifted in order to address what he describes as a serious readiness crisis in the services.

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