Last Monday, the House and Senate armed services committees announced they had finally reached an agreement on funding for military spending for 2014. The figure they agreed on was $625.5 billion
. And on Thursday, the House of Representatives passed that bill
and sent it on to the Senate (who will no doubt also pass it -- after they finish arguing about judicial nominations). There were 350 House members voting for the bill (142 Democrats and 208 Republicans), and 69 members voting against it (50 Democrats and 19 Republicans).
The $625.5 billion funding does represent a small cut in military funding from the 2012 figure of $682 billion (about 8.28%), but it still represents more than half of all federal government discretionary spending. ...