House Rebuffs Democratic Effort to Slash Pentagon Authorization

Sept. 23, 2021, 10:05 PM

U.S. House Democrats fell short in their bid to cut the Pentagon’s budget authorization, laying bare the reality of the party’s narrow majority — they need GOP votes to pass national security legislation.

Progressive Democrats offered two amendments — one to slash more than $70 billion from the Pentagon’s authorization and one to cut about $24 billion. They were handily defeated as Democrats joined with Republicans to vote against them.

President Joe Biden requested $753 billion for national security programs for fiscal 2022. The Pentagon’s budget request, $715 billion, makes up the lion’s share.

The House Armed Services Committee earlier ...

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