Mattis Says Congress Needs To Up Its Game On Defense Spending
U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis testified in front of the House Armed Services Committee on Monday.LEARN MORE
The House version of the National Defense Authorization Act passed with strong bipartisan support. The Senate has yet to vote on the bill.
The annual National Defense Authorization Act passed the House with bipartisan support, 344-81. It would give the Pentagon $696 billion, up from last year's appropriation of $619 billion.
That's around $70 billion over the limit Congress is technically allowed to give to the military. Lawmakers will need to override those budget caps if they want to pass this bill into law.
The bill would add about 17,000 more troops to the U.S. Army and give soldiers a 2.4 percent pay raise. It would also add five new ships to the U.S. Navy, dozens of new planes to the U.S. Air Force and provide 25 percent more funding for missile defense programs.
The proposal would also fund a new branch of the military focused on outer space, despite reservations from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.
The Senate still has to vote on its version of the funding bill, which will have to be reconciled with the House bill before it heads to the president's desk.
The motion sets up a likely vote on whether McCarthy will keep the speakership, expected sometime later this week.
The resolution drafted by the U.S. was approved Monday with 13 votes in favor and two abstentions from Russia and China.
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