Despite both Congress and the Senate passing their own versions of a new defense budget, one which calls for the establishment of a new space-based branch of the military and another that calls for an even larger influx of funding than President Trump requested, the Department of Defense officially began yet another fiscal year without an approved budget this week.
Last month, Senate lawmakers passed a bill that would infuse the Defense Department with a much-needed $700 billion budget for fiscal year 2018, which began on October 1st. The measure saw bipartisan support, passing with a respectable 89-8 vote, and drew headlines as some criticized the significant increase to a defense budget they argue has been bloated for years. Lost amid the coverage and debate, however, was the necessity for that budget to be reconciled with the House’s own version, which promised a more modest funding increase, as well as organizational changes like the aforementioned Space Corps.
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