The GOP-controlled House of Representatives on Friday passed a nearly $643 billion military spending bill – a measure at odds with prior defense spending agreements and President Barack Obama’s Pentagon plans.
Passed by a 299-120 vote in Congress’ lower chamber, the fiscal year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, which includes $88.5 billion for the war in Afghanistan, faces an uncertain future in the Democratic-led Senate.
Here’s a look at defense spending, by the numbers:
$662 billion – Amount of the Defense Appropriations Bill passed by Congress in December 2011, after a veto threat by President Barack Obama was lifted.
2 - Vetoes made by President Obama during his the first three years of his administration (as of Jan. 20, 2012)
$525.4 billion - Amount of discretionary funding in the president’s FY2013 budget for defense.
$486.9 billion – Estimated savings after cutbacks, by 2021, according to the FY2013 budget.
4 – Percentage of GDP Mitt Romney proposes should be spent on the Pentagon’s base budget, not including war costs.
3.5 – Percentage of the GDP now proposed to be spent in 2013.
$100 billion – Resulting increase in defense spending by Mitt Romney for 2013.
10.4 – Percentage of GDP spent on the military by Saudi Arabia, the highest, according to the World Bank.
90 – Percentage of Democrats who favor immediate defense spending cuts, according to a recent Center for Public Integrity survey.
67 – Percentage of Republicans who favor such cuts.
$12 million – Estimated amount the U.S. wasted each day in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a 2011 report by the Commission on Wartime Contracting.
218 – Number of House votes that passed a bill May 10 to undo Pentagon spending cuts.
1.7 – percent pay raise for active duty members, requested for 2013
$30.8 billion – Amount of proposed military department savings over FY2013 - FY2017, after cutbacks.
1/3 – Portion of the military budget consisting of military pay and allowances, plus health care.
90 – Percentage increase in military pay and allowances since FY2001.
$34,000 – Amount it cost the Department of Defense to have a report prepared about the FY2012 budget.
$34,000 – Average annual salary of a military mechanic in Waco, Texas.
$5.1 billion – proposed decrease in discretionary funding for the DoD 2013 budget, about 1%.
$48.7 billion – Department of Defense Unified Medical Budget which supports the Military Health System
$17.6 billion – amount of money the Department of Defense will save over a five-year period by enacting a proposed annual fee for TRICARE for beneficiaries over 65
46 – Military protection manpower per 1,000 people in North Korea in 2008, the highest in the world.
5 – Military protection manpower per 1,000 people in the United States in 2008.