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Lawrence J. Korb writes about decisions that should be made in the fiscal year 2021 defense budget—including the provision of funds to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

According to a June 5 Communications Office of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) memo, the HASC will be marking up the FY2021 defense budget for the rest of this month. If all goes as planned, the full committee will complete the mark up by July 1, 2020.

During this process, the Chair and Ranking Member of the HASC should play close attention to a letter from 29 members of the Progressive Caucus in the House of Representatives. On May 19, they called on the Chair and Ranking Member not to authorize an increase in defense spending for FY2021, which begins on October 1, 2020. This is a proposal that Adam Smith (D-WA) the chair of the HASC agrees with.

The above excerpt was originally published in Just Security. Click here to view the full article.

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Lawrence J. Korb

Senior Fellow