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House passes bill that includes $705m for US-Israel missile defense cooperation

House Approves Defense-Policy Measure; Senate Action Still Needed Banks Praises House Passage Of 2018 NDAA
Kenny Thornton | 15 July, 2017, 04:47

The annual National Defense Authorization Act passed the House with bipartisan support, 344-81. "The bill adds $2.5 billion above the President's budget request to meet critical missile defense needs".

The proposal would also fund a new branch of the military focused on outer space, despite reservations from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), chairman of the committee, hailed the bill as a boost to the armed forces.

The Senate Armed Services Committee's version of the NDAA and legislation approved by the House Appropriations Committee also ignore the budget caps.

The bill also mandates that the department tell Congress, also within two days, about the results of any legal review by one of the military services of a cyber capability that is meant to be used as a weapon. But in the end, it was all for naught - the House rules committee tossed his amendment out and blocked it from coming to the floor for a vote.

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The bill authorizes $696 billion in defense spending for the 2018 fiscal year, including almost $30 billion more for core Pentagon operations than President Donald Trump requested.

But Democrats slammed the amendment as an attempt to single out Islam that was unconstitutional and would feed into the narrative from ISIS that Islam is involved in a "clash of civilizations" with the West.

"This bill takes the necessary steps to begin to rebuild and reform our military, including billions in additional funds to begin to close the unsafe readiness gaps our troops are facing", he said in a statement.

"You select one religion for particular scrutiny, to scrutinize their doctrine, to declare what's orthodox and unorthodox and identify teachers of it - you have simply abridged the free exercise of that religion. It beefs up missile defense at a time when the threats continue to increase". The 2018 NDAA represents a almost $50 billion increase over the former President's budget proposal. "In addition, it gives our troops their biggest pay raise in eight years, which they are entitled to under the law".

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