The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously passed the Fiscal 2017 defense budget bill Thursday.
Approved 30-0, it features $515.9 billion in base Defense Department funding, as well as $58.6 billion for overseas contingency operations, according to a committee statement.
The legislation also redirects savings from $15.1 billion found in more than 450 specific budget cuts, the committee said.
“U.S. national security interests receive necessary support within this bill, which has broad bipartisan support,” Committee Chairman Thad Cochran, R-Miss., said in the statement. “The bill sustains a strong U.S. force structure, and it makes significant investments in readiness, shipbuilding programs, aircraft procurement and missile defense.”
The U.S. House Appropriations Committee approved its own defense bill earlier this month.
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