House panel uses war funds to skirt budget limits
WASHINGTON (AP) - A GOP-controlled House panel has approved using $37 billion in unrequested war money to match President Barack Obama's 7 percent budget boost for the military. This, over the opposition of Democrats and the White House, who argue that domestic programs deserve equal treatment.
The move came as the Appropriations Committee approved a $579 billion Pentagon spending bill that would fund a 2.3 percent pay increase for the military and add new funding to boost air reconnaissance.
The bill advances toward a floor debate later this month, even as measures funding the departments of Commerce, Justice, Transportation and Housing and Urban Development are moving ahead this week - headlong into twin administration veto threats issued on Tuesday.