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F-35, Israel win big in House appropriators’ $833B draft defense bill



The HAC-D's version of the spending bill contains a heavy focus on culture war issues, but does increase spending for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the Defense Innovation Unit.


WASHINGTON — The House Appropriations Committee has laid out an $833 billion defense budget proposal that abides by Congressionally-mandated spending caps, adds funds for more F-35s and aid for Israel, and blocks a proposal to transfer Guard personnel to the Space Force.


The bill realigns $18 billion in funds requested in President Joe Biden’s budget proposal — in part by cutting $916 million for Pentagon civilian jobs, $621 million for climate change initiatives and $53 million associated with diversity and inclusion training — transmitting that money instead to GOP-friendly programs such as countering drug trafficking.


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