House panel works on bill to rebuff Pentagon cuts House panel works on bill to rebuff Pentagon cuts The U.S. Capitol is seen on Capitol Hill, Saturday, May 3, 2014 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) DONNA CASSATA| Associated Press May 07, 2014 Comments WASHINGTON (AP) — A House panel plunged into a marathon session to craft a defense policy bill. The bill rebuffs the Pentagon’s plea to close military bases, retire Cold War-era aircraft and increase out-of-pocket costs for service members. The House Armed Services Committee began an all-day, all-night session on Wednesday. The $601 billion bill would authorize spending on ships, weapons, planes and personnel after more than a decade of two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The overall spending for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1 adheres to the limits imposed by a deficit-driven, bipartisan agreement. That has forced lawmakers to cut $1.4 billion from President Barack Obama’s request for training, operations and maintenance to pay for work on an 11th aircraft carrier and to allow the U-2 spy plane to continue flying.