House passes military spending bill

The House of Representatives passed an appropriations bill that appropriates about $770 billion in military and security spending for the upcoming fiscal year, with additional details on the spending plan.

The $37.5 billion increase is less than President Donald Trump requested and does not address the president’s desire to increase funding for the military to $733 billion to $733 billion.

The bill also instructs the president to reduce the budget deficit by an additional $200 billion over the next 10 years.

The bill would authorize $526 billion for DoD’s base budget and $156 billion for intelligence agencies, including $54 billion for the U.S. Cyber Command and the National Security Agency and $14 billion for Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

Including the cost of the border wall with Mexico would cost $5.7 billion, $1.9 billion more than President Trump has sought.

The bill would also authorize $11.9 billion for the Supplemental Defense Budget and $44.7 billion for operations and maintenance accounts. The wide range of budget funding in these accounts, which Congress does not generally fully set aside for defense, has become an area of contention.

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