tv Joe Gould on the Week Ahead in Congress CSPAN July 8, 2017 6:25am-6:34am EDT
>> joe gould is congressional reporter with defense news. what is in the version, the 2018 version approved by the house armed services committee? in this case they authorized about $56 billion in funding and -- $696 billion in funding and related provisions for the pentagon. >> at $696 billion figure, it exceeds the cap set in the budget control act. how will congress reconcile that? >> that is a huge question. the budget cap for defense, the number is $549 billion. so what it would take to ease
the spending caps is a change in the law, and a change in the law takes 60 votes in the senate, and 60 votes in the senate takes senate democrats. so what we know is that if senate democrats have leverage, they are likely to press for more on the nondefense budget which is likely to lower the defense side of the budget. that's $596 billion number we are talking about is likely to come down. >> let's go to investments, what does this bill called for in terms of ships and planes? >> what we have heard from the white house, or from the president definitely on the campaign trail about a large-scale military buildup but we do not really see that in this bill. the white house number was about $603 billion excluding wartime
funds, special wartime funds. so the republicans who are prodefense have actually criticized it as too little. but we do see a number of ships, jets, even structure that exceeds what the trump administration has asked for. >> the headline at defense news.com. house armed services panel overwhelmingly approving the armed services, defense authorization measure. it includes a new branch of the military, the space core. how did this come about and what with that entail? >> this is a fairly controversial provision within the bill that was discussed at markup. michael rodgers, republican from alabama who chairs the strategic forces subcommittee and his
democratic counterpart jim cooper have both expressed frustration with the pace at which the u.s. is keeping up with russia and china and the militarization of space, so what they want to do is break out a new space corps, a force subordinate to the air force but outside the air force. there has been push back from other members of the armed services committee, not just democrats, republicans who say this needs more study. therefore it's itself feels like it is an additional layer of -- the air force itself feels like it is an additional layer of bureaucracy. >> it is passed out of committee overwhelmingly. how about when it goes to the house for the same sort of support, and tell us what may be ahead in the senate debate on authorization?
>> typically the authorization bill passes in the house. it gets a wide array of support. right now as we are talking, i think there is 90 plus amendments that the rules committee is considering. next week, they plan to meet on tuesday to hear from the house services committee chairman and a ranking member, adam smith. and then on wednesday they're going to come at the rules committee that is, they are going to consider amendments on whether they are to be considered on the floor. we have been told to expect floor consideration on thursday and potentially a vote on friday, although that is in the hands of the house leadership. >> joe gould covers congress for defense news. you can read his reporting at defense news.com and he is also on twitter. thank you for being with us.
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