Rep. Visclosky: ‘Impossible’ To Move Pentagon Spending Bill With Only OCO ‘Placeholder’
WASHINGTON – A key US House member warned Thursday the Obama administration’s withholding of a war-funding request could hinder passage of the chamber’s 2015 military spending bill.
Rep. Pete Visclosky of Indiana, the top Democrat on the House Appropriations Defense subcommittee, took umbrage with a decision by Pentagon brass and White House budget officials to send Congress only a $79 billion “placeholder” figure for a new overseas contingency operations (OCO) budget blueprint.
Analysts like the Stimson Center’s Gordon Adams say the $58 billion package is doomed in the GOP-controlled House and the Democratic-controlled Senate, where he says it would fail to get 60 votes to break a filibuster threat.
To read the full story, click here.