The House voted 249 for and 172 against lowering defense spending next fiscal year from the $306-billion level set by the Armed Services Committee to $289 billion. The $17-billion cutbrought the 1988 defense outlay in line with the congressional budget resolution, which was approved after the committee had set the $306-billion level. Facing nearly 200 other amendments, the bill (HR 1748) remained in debate.
Supporter Les Aspin (D-Wis.) said fiscal discipline, not military preparedness, was the issue on this vote.
Opponent William Dickinson (R-Ala.) said: "We are cutting into the bone and sinew of our defense establishment."
Members voting yes wanted the defense authorization bill to comply with the congressional budget resolution.
How They Voted Yea Nay No vote Rep. Anderson (D) x Rep. Dornan (R) x Rep. Dymally (D) x Rep. Lungren (R) x
SALT II Treaty
By a vote of 245 for and 181 against, the House adopted an amendment denying spending under the fiscal 1988 defense bill (above) on long-range nuclear weapons that violate the unratifiedSALT II treaty with the Soviet Union. This would force the Administration to abide by a narrow definition of the treaty if Moscow does the same. It was opposed by President Reagan, who says the Soviets have disregarded SALT II.