Final Passage of Defense Spending Bills Still Pending

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As we go to press, Congress still has not passed the 2002 supplemental spending bill for $14 billion to cover current military operations and related expenditures for homeland security.

Congressional leaders are hopeful that it will pass before Congress takes its August recess. The bill is essential for maintaining military readiness; it includes $7.2 billion for conducting military operations and $4.1 billion to pay Guard and Reserve troops called up for active duty.

Final passage of defense authorization and appropriation bills is not expected to occur before the August recess. The House and Senate have passed authorization bills with significant differences concerning funding for the Crusader artillery system and missile defense. A conference to resolve differences between the two versions has not yet been scheduled. The House has passed the defense and military construction appropriation bills, but the Senate has not. It is likely that a 2003 budget for defense will not be approved by the beginning of the new fiscal year.

Inhofe and Akaka-"Outstanding." The Association of the U.S. Army honored Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-HI) and Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) as "outstanding legislators" before a gathering of 100 Army and congressional leaders. Army Secretary Thomas E. White presented them with Steuben crystal eagles on behalf of the Association. Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, President of AUSA, praised Akaka and Inhofe for their distinguished support of the Army and their years of selfless service to the country. …