House passes $717 billion defense bill

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Read: 378     10:12     25 May 2018    

The House on Thursday passed a $717 billion defense-policy bill that would give the military a 2.6% pay increase, the largest in nine years.


The bipartisan 351-66 vote sends the measure to the Senate, where a panel completed a companion measure in a closed-door session on Wednesday.

The annual measure sets policies and a budget outline for the Pentagon that are funded by a subsequent appropriations bill that typically follows its parameters fairly closely.

The military received a significant budget increase under the terms of a bipartisan pact passed earlier this year that the Pentagon’s many allies in Washington promise will address shortfalls in military readiness, such as pilot training, maintenance of equipment and procurement of new weapons systems.

Readiness issues contributed to a situation in which almost four times as many military service members died in training accidents as opposed to combat. Just this spring, aviation accidents have claimed 25 lives.

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry, a Texas Republican, said the measure puts a particular focus on pilot training and retention.

“The key focus of this bill is restoring readiness to ensure that when our men and women in uniform go out on mission, they have the best equipment, the best training and the best support our nation can provide,” Rep. Thornberry said.

The measure would block the use of operational military units or military equipment if President Donald Trump carries out plans for a military parade in Washington, D.C., if it would hamper military readiness.

The Associated Press



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House passes $717 billion defense bill

2018/05/1527227170.jpg
Read: 379     10:12     25 May 2018    

The House on Thursday passed a $717 billion defense-policy bill that would give the military a 2.6% pay increase, the largest in nine years.


The bipartisan 351-66 vote sends the measure to the Senate, where a panel completed a companion measure in a closed-door session on Wednesday.

The annual measure sets policies and a budget outline for the Pentagon that are funded by a subsequent appropriations bill that typically follows its parameters fairly closely.

The military received a significant budget increase under the terms of a bipartisan pact passed earlier this year that the Pentagon’s many allies in Washington promise will address shortfalls in military readiness, such as pilot training, maintenance of equipment and procurement of new weapons systems.

Readiness issues contributed to a situation in which almost four times as many military service members died in training accidents as opposed to combat. Just this spring, aviation accidents have claimed 25 lives.

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry, a Texas Republican, said the measure puts a particular focus on pilot training and retention.

“The key focus of this bill is restoring readiness to ensure that when our men and women in uniform go out on mission, they have the best equipment, the best training and the best support our nation can provide,” Rep. Thornberry said.

The measure would block the use of operational military units or military equipment if President Donald Trump carries out plans for a military parade in Washington, D.C., if it would hamper military readiness.

The Associated Press



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