On March 26, President Barack Obama signed Public Law (P.L.) 113-6, a measure that keeps the federal government operating for the remainder of the fiscal year, which ends September 30. The new law does not eliminate sequester reductions, but it does take steps to affect some cuts by providing flexibility to move monies to other accounts.
P.L. 113-6 includes a number of House priorities, including additional funding for embassy security and provisions for launching new weather satellites. It maintains the same level of funding as for most of the government, except for the Departments of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs (VA). Included in the law are full-year defense and military construction/VA appropriations bills that have been agreed to, in large part, by the Senate. DoD appropriations include $518.1 billion in the base budget and $87.2 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations.
Defense spending includes:
According to the House Committee on Appropriations, savings were found in a number of ways, including $4 billion in rescissions of unused prior-year funding, $515 million for unjustified Army growth funding, and $500 million for excess inventory of spare parts and secondary items.
Meanwhile, VA appropriations include $133.9 billion for operations, and medical services will receive $53.3 billion for FY 2013 and $54.5 billion in advance funding for FY 2014. There is $608 million for minor construction, including both health care and cemetery facilities.