Philip Klein reports:
In 2012 and 2013, according to [House Armed Services Committee aide Claude] Chafin, the Reid plan would allocate roughly $544 billion each year to defense. By comparison, Boehner would allow for a range of $553 billion to $569 billion in 2012 and up to $571 billion in 2013. Thus, the combined difference between the plans over the next two years would be anywhere from $18 billion to about $50 billion.
Reid’s plan doesn’t provide specifics for security spending after 2013, so it becomes harder to get precise numbers. But what we do know is that any cuts compound over time. And according to estimates by the Armed Services Committee, this would mean several hundreds of billions of dollars in lower defense spending under the Reid proposal through 2021.