Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) arrives to speak at a news conference

Defense hawks in U.S. Congress move to boost military budgets

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) arrives to speak at a news conferenceBy David Lawder and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican defense hawks in the U.S. Congress moved on Thursday to boost military funding in their budget plans, setting up a clash with fiscal conservatives in their party as the spending blueprints head to crucial votes next week. The Republican-controlled Senate Budget Committee approved its plan with an amendment to add $38 billion to an off-budget war funding account to boost military spending for fiscal 2016. The move, aimed at skirting statutory spending caps, matches a $38 billion increase also now proposed in the House of Representatives. House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday directed the House Rules Committee to add another $2 billion to the $36 billion increase originally proposed for the war funding account, and delete language in the House budget that would require alternate savings.

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