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Congress made $80 billion-plus in changes to defense budget

October 4, 2023

John M. Donnelly

Roll Call

Some of Congress' relatively small changes to the defense budget escape scrutiny. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)


By John M. Donnelly, Roll Call / October 4, 2023

The fiscal 2023 Defense appropriations law contained at least $80 billion in changes to President Joe Biden’s Pentagon budget request, according to a previously undisclosed new Defense Department report and congressional documents. 

Lawmakers added fully $61.4 billion for hundreds of different projects that were not sought in Biden’s request for fiscal 2023, according to an August report to Congress produced by the Pentagon comptroller’s office and posted on that office’s site.

Notably, the report only counted additions to the budget that were individually worth $20 million or more.

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