By Laicie Heeley
After more than a few budget antics this weekend, both the FY15 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA, H.R. 3979) and FY15 Omnibus (H.R. 83), or “Cromnibus,” have cleared Congress.
The House and Senate Armed Services Committees completed behind-the-scenes negotiations on the NDAA on December 1st then moved on to a vote in the House on December 5th, where the bill passed 300-119. On December 12th, the Senate lent its approval to the bill by a vote of 89-11, marking the 53rd consecutive NDAA approved by Congress. Though given the usual delay and 10 months without the opportunity for amendments in the Senate, the legislation was finalized mostly behind closed doors.
The bill, which includes $495.9 billion for the base defense budget plus $17.5 billion for nuclear weapons-related activities at the Department of Energy and another $63.7 billion for the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) account, technically comes in under the Murray-Ryan budget caps. But that’s before you consider any spending that shifted in the mix.
The Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation reduced the national security measures of the nearly 1,600-page so-called “Cromnibus” spending bill into a two-page summary just hours after it passed on the Senate floor, followed by in-depth analysis of the final national security spending in both bills on their blog.