an overwhelming 89-to-8 vote, the Senate has approved a defense
budget of $692 billion. The National Defense Authorization Act, which
passed the House on different terms, will go through a conference
committee before it is sent to President Donald Trump.
the Senate version of the NDAA of 2018, the Pentagon would have $640
billion to purchase weapons, pay service members and cover other main
functionary operations. There is also $60 billion in the budget for
conducting war in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, as well as other
comparison, the Trump administration asked for $603 billion for the
core activities and $65 billion for armed conflict and overseas
national defense bill also authorizes over $141 billion for military
personnel costs, including pay, benefits, bonuses and moving
expenses. It also provides a 2.1 percent pay increase for troops.
Senate bill further authorizes an additional $8.5 billion for the
Missile Defense Agency to strengthen homeland, regional and space
missile defense. The $8.5 billion is $630 million above the request
set forth by the Trump administration.
act, however, did fail to include an amendment supported by the White
House that would end automatic spending limits under the sequester
mechanism, according to CNBC.
than 300 amendments had been proposed. However, just one received a
roll call vote. Senator Rand Paul's (R-Kentucky) effort
to repeal the
2001 and 2002 authorizations for military force in Afghanistan and
Iraq was killed by senators from both parties.
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