Sending a significant signal on the defense appropriations bill yesterday, the House voted to cut $3.5 billion from the Pentagon’s “overseas contingency operations” account. These funds, while ostensibly for the war in Afghanistan, had been transferred from the Pentagon’s base budget due to constraints as a result of the Budget Control Act.
The vote was 215-206 and the sponsors of the amendment were Reps. Mulvaney (R-S.C.), Van Hollen (D-Md.), Coffman (R-Colo.) and Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.). To see how your representative voted, click here. If you are not sure who your representative is, click here.
Please consider taking the time to call your representative to thank them if they voted yes on the Mulvaney amendment. The Capitol switchboard number is (202) 224-3121.
Read more from the MCC Washington Office about Pentagon spending.