Defense Bill To House

The Annual Defense Bill was approved by the House Armed Services committee Thursday.

Overall the legislation would authorize $553 billion for the Department of Defense's Base Budget. $119 billion for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and $18 billion for the Department of Energy's Atomic Energy Defense Programs.

This includes funding for Sheppard Air Force Base.

Congressman Mac Thornberry said he's hopeful the House leadership would bring the bill to a vote by the full House before Memorial Day.