Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Senate approves defence bill providing US military with $700 billion cash injection

The Senate has overwhelmingly approved a sweeping defence policy bill that would pump $700 billion into the military. Senators passed the legislation by an 89-8 vote on Monday. The measure authorizes $700 billion in military spending for the budget year that begins 1 October. Approved by the Armed Services Committee by a 27-0 vote in late June, the overall Senate bill provides $640 billion for core Pentagon operations, such as buying weapons and paying troops, and another $60 billion for wartime missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and elsewhere.

Trump's budget request sought $603 billion for basic functions and $65 billion for overseas missions. The bill includes $8.5 billion to strengthen US. missile and defence systems.