GOP weighs increase in war funds to skirt Pentagon limits

GOP weighs increase in war funds to skirt Pentagon limits

(AP) — House Republicans are considering adding tens of billions of dollars to President Barack Obama’s request for overseas military operations in an effort to get around tight limits on Pentagon spending.

Obama requested $51 billion for military operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere, but GOP aides say party leaders are weighing figures above $90 billion — enough to surpass Obama’s proposal to spend $38 billion above the limits for the budget year beginning in October.

House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price plans to reveal his 2016 budget blueprint Tuesday.

A 2011 budget “sequestration” law imposes a $523 billion limit on the defense budget — an automatic cut of $54 billion below previously agreed levels. War spending is outside the limits.

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