US Senate approves $700 billion defense budget bill

Source : 112 Ukraine

Pentagon will get 640 billion dollars after six years of ‘devastating cuts to our defense budget,’ according to John McCain
11:31, 29 June 2017

The Senate Armed Services Committee unanimously passed its $700 billion version of the annual defense policy bill for 2018, the committee announced on Wednesday. This was reported by the Hill agency.

The bill, broken down into $640 billion for the base defense budget and $60 billion for a war fund, follows the funding levels Chairman John McCain has pushed for months and flies past the administration’s budget request.

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) “starts the process of rebuilding our military after six years of devastating cuts to our defense budget,” McCain said in a statement Wednesday. “By supporting $640 billion for defense, this legislation begins to address the readiness shortfall, crisis in modernization and eroding military advantage by recapitalizing and reinvesting in our forces.”

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