|The House voted decisively to approve a US$578 billion spending bill that keeps the U.S. armed forces operating through September. It sets the stage for substantial increases to the Pentagon's budget advocated by U.S. President Donald Trump. |
The fiscal year 2017 defence legislation passed the GOP-led chamber by a 371-48 margin. The Trump administration is preparing a $30 billion supplement to the bill.
The United States spends more on defence than the next seven nations combined. Yet defence hawks are pressing Trump to spend tens of billions more.
|The spending bill has $516 billion for basic military requirements, which covers everything from the purchase of bombs and bullets to troop training. Nearly $62 billion is included in the bill to pay for ongoing military operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere.|
33 Republican members of the House Armed Services Committee want Trump to add at least another $37 billion, for a total increase next year of $91 billion beyond the caps.