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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-01-08 05:23 PM
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Bush budget would pour money into defense
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President Bushs 2009 budget, to be unveiled Monday, is expected to call for an almost $36 billion increase in core Defense Department spending, apart from the larger costs of maintaining U.S. military operations in Iraq and the overall war against terrorism.

An estimated $515.4 billion would be dedicated to defense including family housing and health care for troops, according to drafts of Pentagon documents, which highlight increases for new weapons procurement but also the huge costs of maintaining todays professional military.

Military pay and health care costs would grow by $9 billion, an even larger increase than the $8.3 billion dedicated to strategic modernization.

And about 42 percent of the total increase, or $14.9 billion, would be eaten up by escalating operations, readiness and support costs.

The steady growth in defense comes at a time when the administration is attempting to slow domestic spending and set up what amounts to a budget challenge this year that effectively dares the Democratic Congress to go over what could be a $1 trillion mark in total discretionary appropriations.

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