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SPECIAL REPORT: House Defense Appropriations Report and California Implications  -- July 2002

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H. Rpt. 107-532 is the report to accompany the House FY 2003 Appropriations Bill for the Department of Defense. (H.R. 5010). The House passed the report by recorded vote of 413-18 June 27, 2002.  By voice vote on June 24, 2002, the House Appropriations Committee passed its version of the bill.

The following represents a quick analysis of the bill from a California perspective as prepared by the California Institute. We apologize for any errors or omissions in our discussion of these documents, and would appreciate any input/feedback on how to make improving corrections. The ordering of items generally reflects their presence in the bill and does not mean to imply any relative importance.

This appropriations analysis is available on the California Institute web site at . A printable version in Adobe Acrobat ("pdf") format is also available at .

House Approves Defense, MilCon Appropriations Measures

By a 413-18 vote on Thursday, June 27, 2002, the House of Representatives passed the FY 2003 defense appropriations bill (HR 5010). The Appropriations Committee had approved the measure by voice vote on Monday, June 24. The bill, shepherded by Defense Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Jerry Lewis (Redlands), provides $355 billion for defense procurement, operations, and military and civilian personnel.

For aircraft procurement, a key area for California's defense industry, the bill provides $2.2 billion for Army aircraft, $8.7 billion for Navy aircraft, and $12.5 billion for Air Force aircraft. Procurement accounts for missiles include $1.1 billion for the Army, and $3.2 billion for the Air Force -- the Navy account for missiles, torpedoes and other weapons was set at $2.4 billion.

California also competes strongly in the RDT&E (research, development, testing and evaluation) function. For RDT&E, the House bill provides $7.4 billion for the Army, $13.6 billion for the Navy, $18.6 billion for the Air Force, and an additional $17.9 billion for defense-wide programs.

The bill provides the Army $212 million for environmental cleanup efforts at closed Army bases. For environmental restoration at military facilities which are still active, the bill provides $396 million for the Army, $257 million for the Navy, $390 million for the Air Force, and $24 million defense-wide.

By voice vote on the House floor, the House approved an amendment to transfer $30 million to a Bush Administration-backed airborne laser program, with funds drawn from space-based interceptor research. The also House rejected down several amendments on missile defense.

In bill text, the appropriations measure continues to provide that funds for the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter aircraft may continue to flow on a multi-year basis. It also requires certain certifications and a formal risk assessment before funds may be spent for additional F-22 fighters.

Also on June 27, The Senate passed an FY 2003 defense authorization bill. A key conference difference between the House and Senate versions of defense authorization is missile defense. While the House cut $100 million from the President's request, the Senate allows the full request for missile defense, but recommends spending $814 million of the funds on programs to combat terrorism.

Also on June 27, 2002, the House passed its version of the FY 2003 military construction appropriations bill (HR 5011) on by 426-1 vote. The bill's funding level bill is $500 million below the FY 2002 bill had passed the Appropriations by voice on Monday, June 24. Also on June 27, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a $10.6 billion version of the bill by voice vote. The Senate version includes $1 billion more than the presidentīs request and $17.6 million more than fiscal 2002 appropriations. The Senate bill is shepherded by Subcommittee Chair Dianne Feinstein, who noted that it includes $100 million to speed up environmental cleanups related to closing bases. Senate floor passage is expected in July 2002.

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