Congress will have a fresh request for funds from the Defense Department in November to pay for overseas operations.
The request will come in the form of a supplemental request to the 2017 overseas contingency operations (OCO) budget DoD submitted earlier this year. Congress has yet to pass either a base or an OCO budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.
“OCO has become a ‘slush fund,’ with the sole purpose of providing the Pentagon support above and beyond the [sequestration] budget caps,” states a May study from the Stimson Center.
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