The differences between the House and Senate bills will need to be reconciled in a conference committee before a final appropriations bill is passed.
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The $182 million project would vastly expand NASIC, add new computer labs and equipment and relieve overcrowding as the agency has grown to more than 3,000 workers over the past 15 years, authorities have said. The intelligence agency provides assessments of air, space and cyber threats to national political and military leaders.
In a House version of the fiscal year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, the authorization bill combined what had been two years of funding for the project — $116 million one year, and $66 million for the next — into a single year.
Also approved with Monday’s vote: $277 million for Air Force bases to continue efforts to keep Per-and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances – toxic chemicals known as “PFAS” – from getting into the local water supply and additional funding to further the development of alternative chemicals that are safer.
Monday’s “minibus” legislation includes a total of about $146.6 billion in spending, an increase of about $5.7 billion from 2018, and represents a quarter of the 12 annual appropriations bills, The Hill newspaper reported.