Senate backs bill to increase US military spending

Senate Passes Huge Increase in Military Spending for 2018

The legislation exceeds the Trump administration's $603 billion budget request for defense and reflects a $91 billion increase over the cap established by the Budget Control Act for base funds.

The bill also maintains funding for Ukrainian military support and authorizes the treatment of injured Ukrainian military personnel in U.S. military facilities.

The Senate passed the 2018 NDAA on a 89-8 vote, including key defense cyber provisions and an amendment streamlining the process for federal agencies to acquire new technology, including improved cybersecurity.

'When less than one percent of Americans are volunteering to join the military, we should welcome all those who are willing and able to serve our country, ' said McCain in a statement.

The legislation is expected to be approved Monday evening by a wide margin.

The two versions of the bill say that not later than Sept. 1, 2018, the U.S. Secretary of Defense shall submit to the appropriate committees of Congress a report on an assessment regarding ports of call by the U.S. Navy at Kaohsiung or any other suitable ports in Taiwan.

North Korea has said it is developing a long-range missile force capable of delivering a nuclear weapon to U.S. territory. Susan Collins (R. -Maine) and Sen.

The ban on Kaspersky software extends to the U.S. military a ban on civilian government contractors' use of the software that was announced by the Department of Homeland Security last week.

According to The Hill, the legislation would prohibit the Pentagon from involuntarily separating or denying the re-enlistment of currently serving transgender troops based on their gender identity. But military installations are prized possessions in states and lawmakers refused to go along. The bill also provides $25 billion to pay for 13 ships, which is $5 billion and five ships more than the Trump sought.

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