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Defense

Membership

  • Peter J. Visclosky, Ranking Member
  • Betty McCollum
  • Tim Ryan
  • Dutch Ruppersberger
  • Marcy Kaptur
  • Henry Cuellar

Jurisdiction

Departments of Army, Navy (including Marine Corps), Air Force, Office of Secretary of Defense, and Defense Agencies including activities related to military personnel; operation and maintenance; procurement; research and development; and the Military Health System.

Intelligences activities such as the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Central Intelligence Agency.  

Jurisdiction excludes Department of Defense-related accounts and programs under the Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works).

Recent Activity

June 26, 2018 Press Release
Oversight of the management and expenditure of the $674 billion that is provided to the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community is a core function of the Defense Subcommittee.
June 26, 2018 Press Release
Unlike other spending measures considered this year, this bill is the product of an inclusive process that invests in bipartisan priorities and is free of poison pill riders. It was written within the funding levels agreed upon in the most recent budget agreement, skipping OCO-to-base gimmicks previously employed to skirt the capped funding levels.
June 25, 2018 Press Release
This week, the House is expected to consider the Defense appropriations bill.
June 13, 2018 Press Release
I was cautiously optimistic that the Bipartisan Budget Agreement, which provided relief from the Budget Control Act (BCA), would provide a pathway for completing the FY 2019 bills in a somewhat timely manner. The members of the Committee, particularly the Chair and Ranking, are doing their best to get our work done. Unfortunately, the next two fiscal years present daunting obstacles that make it even more important to complete our FY 2019 work as soon as possible.
June 13, 2018 Press Release
This bill builds on the success of the Fiscal Year 2017 and 2018 omnibus bills in providing ample funding to address Secretary Mattis’ priorities and needs for our armed services.
January 29, 2018 Press Release

The House of Representatives will consider the FY2018 Defense Appropriations Act this week, for the third time.  The bill is nearly identical to the Defense bill contained within the National Security Consolidated Appropriations Act (HR 3219) passed by the House on July 27th, which Democrats opposed by a vote of 187-5. 

June 29, 2017 Press Release
I hope my predicted path for this bill and those that invest in the human and physical capital of this nation is overly pessimistic and that a consensus will be reached prior to the end of the fiscal year, allowing us to break free from this cycle of uncertainty.
June 29, 2017 Press Release
The proposed spending bills shatter the existing Budget Control Act defense spending cap, triggering an automatic across-the-board cut of 13 percent to every defense account in this bill and others. Yet the majority pretends that this legal fact does not exist.
June 28, 2017 Press Release
The FY2018 Defense Appropriations bill would exceed the Budget Control Act limit on defense spending without raising the cap, and trigger a 13% sequestration of all defense accounts across five Appropriations bills.
March 2, 2017 Press Release
The FY2017 Defense Appropriations bill keeps faith with the Budget Control Act defense spending cap, and does not include expected requests for increases in defense funding.

Subcommittee's Activity in Previous Congress