Senate appropriators add tens of billions to the Defense budget

Senate appropriators proposed last week an end to a four-decade-old provision that restricts the government from funding abortions and, in turn, could expand reproductive care for military service members and federal employees.The proposal is part of a set of bills to fund the government through fiscal 2023, which includes $850 billion for national security when taking into account the Defense appropriations bill, military construction spending and some military-related Energy Department funds.
That number is well over the Biden administration’s $813 billion request for national security and outpaces the House Appropriations Committee and both Armed Services Committees’ bills on spending.