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President Signs Defense Bill, Gives Troops Massive Pay Raise

Keely Sharp
Written by Keely Sharp

On Tuesday, President Trump signed the new $700 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) bill, giving our military the largest pay raise since 2010.

“Now Congress must finish the job by eliminating the defense sequester and passing a clean appropriations bill,” Trump added, “I think it’s gonna happen. We need our military, it’s gotta be perfecto.”

American Military News reports: 

The NDAA calls for a $700 billion Pentagon budget and includes a 2.4-percent pay raise for troops, an increase in the number of troops, and increased spending for aircraft and ships as part of the Fiscal Year 2018 budget.

The NDAA sets the budget but does not provide funding, which Congress must do. Trump urged Congress to pass legislation that will fund the defense budget.

The budget calls for an additional 20,000 troops; funding for weapons systems, retention pay and bonuses; and repairs for Navy ships such as the USS John S. McCain and the USS Fitzgerald, which were both involved in deadly collisions earlier this year.

Considering this is the largest increase in the military budget in seven years, Congress must now come up with a plan to fund it.

House Armed Services Committee member Rep. Mac Thornberry stated,  “Having the President sign the NDAA conference report into law is a critical milestone in the effort to rebuild America’s military strength, support our troops, and reform the way the Pentagon does business.”

He added “The policies in this bill reflect months of bipartisan work and agreement. But Congress must follow this authorization with a matching appropriation bill if we are to really rebuild our military. There is more work to do.”

 

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