While Eyes Were on AL Race, Trump Quietly Signed $700 Billion Defense Bill
While most people were paying attention to the results of the Alabama Senate election, President Trump signed a nearly $700 billion annual defense policy bill on Tuesday.
Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which authorizes the military to add troops, ships, planes and other equipment, in a ceremony in the White House’s Roosevelt Room. He touted it as a great first step toward restoring U.S. military might, long something Trump has championed.
Today with the signing of this defense bill, we accelerate the process of fully restoring America’s military might.
Despite his claims though, he will still need Congress to pass a spending bill that makes the buildup a reality. Knowing that, Trump hit Congress, especially its Democrats members for not passing a defense spending bill—in fact they have taken a decidedly partisan stance against this president’s entire agenda.
Now Congress must finish the job by eliminating the defense sequester and passing a clean appropriations bill. I think it’s going to happen. We need our military; it’s got to be perfecto,” Trump said. “At this time of grave global threats, I urge Democrats to drop their shutdown threats and to send clean funding and a clean funding bill to my desk that fully funds our great military. Protecting our country should always be a bipartisan issue, just like today’s legislation.
The Hill reported:
The NDAA passed Congress last month with large, bipartisan majorities, 356-70 in the House and by voice vote in the Senate. The bill authorizes $626.4 billion for the base defense budget and $65.7 billion for a war fund known as Overseas Contingency Operations.
The money would go toward adding 7,500 active-duty soldiers to the Army, 4,000 active-duty sailors to the Navy, 1,000 active-duty Marines and 4,100 active-duty airmen to the Air Force. The Army, Navy and Air Force would also see increases in the reserves and National Guard.
It would also allow for a 2.4 percent pay raise for troops, higher than the 2.1 percent requested by the administration.
Only in Congress could you have a vote for military support pass, that has no teeth in it due to lack of funding, but this is the reality of things on Capitol Hill. Each side holds hostage things as they banter over the budget that will fund everything. Hopefully Congress will do the right thing and pass a budget that includes the military funding they already approved.
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