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House expected to move fiscal 2017 defense spending bill

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The House is expected to vote on fiscal 2017 Defense appropriations legislation sometime in the next two weeks, according to four senior congressional aides.

The measure is not expected to be the same as the bill the House passed in June. That version would have shifted $16 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations funding to the base budget to cover the military’s so-called “wish lists” of unfunded priorities and would have only funded the war budget through April.

The legislation is expected to come in within existing Budget Control Act caps. It is not expected to include the supplemental spending request the White House is scheduled to send to OMB on Wednesday or to reflect the $603 billion defense spending plan President Donald Trump laid out on Monday.

The House Rules Committee is likely to prepare the proposal for floor action next week, with a passage vote expected next week or the week of March 13.

While the House is on course to take up the defense spending measure on its own, aides have raised the prospect of the Senate including fiscal 2017 funding for domestic programs once the measure reaches the upper chamber.

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