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Pentagon operations ‘potentially jeopardized’ without $105B supplemental: SASC chair

March 18, 2024

Valerie Insinna

Breaking Defense

A Ukrainian soldier waits for orders near artillery shells for the M109 artillery self-propelled vehicle on the front line, in the direction of Bakhmut, where clashes between Russia and Ukraine continue to take place, in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine on January 22, 2024. (Photo by Ignacio Marin/Anadolu via Getty Images)

By Valerie Insinna, Breaking Defense / March 18, 2024

WASHINGTON — If Congress fails to pass a $105 billion supplemental national security funding bill, the chairman of the Senate’s Armed Services Committee said he could back a fiscal 2025 defense authorization bill that busts the $850 billion spending cap imposed by last year’s debt-ceiling agreement.

Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., said his committee would consider “all the different tools” available to potentially raise Defense Department spending past the fiscal 2025 budget request’s $849.5 billion topline if Congress did not act on a supplemental spending request, which is focused on aid for Ukraine and Israel, but which Reed said is “critical” for ensuring the US military is able to replenish munitions and artillery it has already sent to Kyiv.

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