House Appropriations Committee releases $674.6 billion defense spending bill
The House Appropriations Committee has released its $674.6 billion defense spending bill, which includes $605 billion in base discretionary spending in the House version, a lower number than requested by the Trump Administration.
According to a recent UPI report, the committee has scheduled a markup session and the Senate has already started debate on its $716 billion defense bill.
The defense spending bill has proposed funding for over 15,000 additional troops as well as military personnel pay raises. It also includes 93 F-35 Lighting II and two dozen F/A-18 fighter jets, according to the UPI report. In addition, the House's ersion includes two dozen new ships for the Navy.
Also according to the UPI report, the Senate defense spending bill includes permanently stationing an Army brigade in Poland; offers $200 million to the Ukraine for security clearance; and calls for a strategy to handle Russia's "influence" in Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua.
The UPI report also states that the Senate version of the defense spending bill halts any purchases from China's Huawei Technologies or ZTE, which have been blocked by the U.S. Commerce Department for trading with Iran and North Korea.