Pentagon defends war-funding request amid 'slush fund' complaints

By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top Pentagon officials on Wednesday defended their 2015 war-spending request before skeptical lawmakers, some of whom called the $58.6 billion plan a “slush fund” to offset defense cuts at home and others who worried the funding-level was too small. Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work told the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee that the Pentagon’s 2015 spending plans for the Afghanistan war were a third less than this year’s and $100 million less than four years ago. Work and other officials also insisted the Pentagon had not tried to circumvent congressional spending caps by stuffing the war-funding request, which is not subject to the same spending limits, with items cut from its $496 billion base budget. It’s nothing but a slush fund anyway,” said Representative Walter Jones, a Republican who represents the North Carolina district that includes the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base.

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