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Houses passes Defense Department 2015 funding bill

Jun. 23, 2014 - 04:41PM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI   |   Comments

The Defense Department would receive a $4.1 billion boost — from $487 billion to $491 billion — under appropriations legislation passed 340 to 73 by the House June 20.

The bill gives DoD $200 million more than the agency requested would also direct DoD to keep careful track of the number of civilian employees and report those numbers to Congress, according to the legislation.

“The bill helps to meet the most pressing needs to address current and arising threats to the safety of our nation, while finding ways to trim excess and reduce lower-priority programs without negatively affecting our troops or the success of our military missions,” House Appropriations Committee chairman Hal Rogers said in a statement.

The legislation also includes provisions to:

■Prohibit contract awards to any company convicted of or currently charged with a crime, or has delinquient taxes of more than $3,000 within a three-year period.

■Exempt DoD from energy efficiency measures and metering efforts identified in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. Currently DoD must reduce energy use in its domestic facilities and encourage energy efficiency efforts.

■Bar DoD from spending any money to maintain or improve property that the department does not use.

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