Part of the long to-do list for the lame duck Congress is deciding whether to authorize new spending for operations against ISIS while setting broader defense priorities in a constrained fiscal environment.
The administration recently requested an additional $5.6 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding for Fiscal Year 2015 to fight ISIS.
The overseas contingency fund generally supports activities related to immediate war efforts and is exempt from federal spending caps. The new $5.6 billion request includes money for U.S. military advisors and to equip and train Iraqi and Kurdish soldiers.
Current funding for operations against ISIS is set to expire on Dec. 11, along with the continuing resolution keeping the government open.
Earlier this year the administration requested $65.8 billion for OCO spending for Fiscal Year 2015 -- $58.6 billion for the military and just over $7 billion for the State Department. The total request is $26 billion less than...