Congress approves Pentagon budget more than last year
09:56 - 19/09/2017
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The US Senate on Monday unanimously approved a bill authorizing $ 700 billion in military spending, a substantial increase over the 2017 budget and nearly 5 percent more than President Donald Trump had demanded.
The National Defense Budget Act of 2018 allows increased spending on F-35 fighter jets, warships and Abrams tanks, military salaries up 2.1 percent, and $ 5 billion for Afghan security forces, including a program to integrate women into the National Defense Forces.
$ 8.5 billion has been approved to strengthen the US air defense system, or $ 630 million more than Trump's minimum, at a time of heightened tension over North Korea's missile program.
The budget provides $ 60 billion to fund so-called overseas operations, the wars the United States is waging outside its territory.
The budget approved by a majority of 89 to 8 votes, and this law is the cornerstone of legislative cooperation between the two parties for decades.
The House of Representatives passed its own version of the law last July, and both houses now need to reach a settlement law.
The $ 700 billion defense budget is $ 91 billion higher than the spending ceiling under the 2011 Budget Control Act, which calls for "control" of military spending to curb federal costs. Ending / 25