The House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday passed a $512.5 billion Defense bill over objections from Democrats who complained the measure ignored spending caps under sequestration.
The committee passed the bill Wednesday, sending the Pentagon spending measure to the House floor. The bill also includes $85.8 billion for funding the war in Afghanistan, a $5 billion increase from the Pentagon’s request.
The $512.5 billion base bill is $28 billion above the defense funding caps set by sequester, which also includes military construction and nuclear programs under the Department of Energy. The bill is higher than the sequestration caps for 2014 because the House panel is making deep discretionary cuts to other federal agencies.