Obama left our military in shambles, and President Trump is working hard to reverse that terrible legacy.
On Friday, the House of Representatives passed the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act — a $696 billion defense policy bill. The bill goes further than President Donald Trump’s original budget request, with a larger increase in military spending and even a raise for our brave service members. (via Reuters)
The fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act gained the support of 117 Democrats and all but eight Republicans.
The House passed on Friday a $696 billion defense policy bill that would exceed President Donald Trump’s budget request and break through longstanding caps on national defense spending. It passed with 344 to 81 vote with 117 Democrats supporting and only 8 Republicans opposing the bill.
Various aspects of the bill were hotly disputed in the House. They voted to block an amendment that banned the funding of transgender surgery for troops. An amendment that would have closed excess military facilities was also blocked.
A proposal from Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) that would have required the Defense Department to make an assessment of radical extremist groups using Islamic religious doctrine to recruit more members was also defeated. As can be expected, this made House Democrats happy.
If the bill passes the Senate, it will add 17,000 soldiers to the Army. This addition was not addressed in the president’s original budget proposal. The military would also purchase four Navy ships, 17 more F-35 fighter jets, and 8 more F/A-18 Super Hornet jets. The bill will also provide $631.6 billion for base defense spending and $65 billion for overseas operations. (via The Washington Examiner)
President Trump’s $603 billion defense plan would have already increased military spending. The bill passed by the House gives the president more than what he asked for. While the bill must still be approved by the Senate, it seems highly likely that Congress is going to support drastic increases in military spending in 2018. Indeed, some in the Senate are considering a National Defense Authorization Act that could allow $700 billion in military spending. The bill has not yet reached the Senate floor, but it is possible that senators will start working on it before the summer recess.
It is also important to note that the House did approve an amendment that removes a provision that prevents the Pentagon from providing funding for President Trump’s border wall. According to The Hill, the proposal was a “self-executing amendment.” This means that it automatically takes effect if the bill is passed — there is no separate vote on the proposal as there was with the transgender surgery amendment.
Of course, this proposal has been met with criticism from House Democrats. No big surprise there. They have referred to the self-executing amendment as an “undemocratic, dead-of-night tactic,” designed to avoid a debate.
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Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) slammed the provision, stating, “It is a legislative magic trick, a sneaky gimmick designed to disguise their actions. Once again, Speaker Ryan and the House Republicans are doing President Trump’s dirty work. They want to make sure Trump can build his wall, but they’re also desperate to avoid a clean, up-or-down vote on this issue. They are hiding from American voters.”
It is not yet known how much funding the Pentagon will provide for the wall if the Senate passes the bill. However, if the bill does pass, it will help us build up our military and make America stronger. It will be another promise that the Trump administration has kept.