Breaking Defense
June 23, 2022

House authorizers pass $839B defense budget, adding money for ships, aircraft, Ukraine

The House Armed Services Committee has authorized a $839 billion defense budget for fiscal 2023 after lawmakers approved an amendment that added $37 billion for more ships, aircraft and other equipment.

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Specifically, HASC added $3.65 billion for an additional Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, one additional frigate….

The amendment also includes a major boost for aircraft procurement, buying an additional 25 warplanes and rotorcraft, to include: eight FA-18E/F Super Hornets, five C-130Js, two V-22 Osprey tiltrotors, two E-2D Hawkeyes, two CH-53K helicopters, four EC-37B Compass Call electronic warfare aircraft and two UH-60 Black Hawks to replace combat losses for that helicopter.

It also adds $550 million for security assistance to Ukraine….

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Rep. Elaine Luria, D-VA, who cosponsored the amendment, pointed to statements made by Adm. John Aquilino, who told senators last year that China could use military force against Taiwan within six years.