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BREAKING: The US Senate votes to add $25 billion to the $743 billion defense budget.

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The Senate Armed Services Committee has approved a $778 billion defense policy bill, adding nearly $25 billion more to the defense budget than the Biden administration requested.

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The Senate Armed Services Committee has approved a $778 billion defense policy bill, adding nearly $25 billion more to the defense budget than the Biden administration requested.

The funding boost would go entirely to the Pentagon, giving the department $740.3 billion compared to the Biden administration’s request for $715 billion.

The remainder of the budget goes to non-Pentagon defense programs, such as the Energy Department’s nuclear weapons programs.

Closed door approval: The increase was approved as a Republican-proposed amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that received bipartisan support when the committee met behind closed doors to consider the bill Wednesday night.

Overall, the NDAA cleared the Senate Armed Services Committee in a 23-3 vote, the panel said Thursday.

The Republicans’ argument: Republicans had been complaining for months that President Biden’s defense budget request was inadequate in the face of threats from China and Russia.

Biden’s $753 billion defense budget represented a slight bump from the Trump administration’s last defense budget of $740 billion.

But Republicans argued that when accounting for inflation, the proposal would actually be a cut compared to last year. Instead, they have been pushing for a 3 to 5 percent increase above inflation.

Not yet reality: With the Senate Armed Services Committee evenly split between the parties, Republicans needed just one Democrat to side with them to approve the funding boost.

And with the Senate split 50-50, Democrats are also likely to need Republicans to pass the defense bill, which progressives routinely oppose.

The NDAA is a policy bill, not a spending bill, meaning even if the final product has a topline of $778 billion, a separate appropriations bill with a matching dollar figure would also have to pass for the increase to become a reality.

Complications: Still, the Senate Armed Services Committee’s move complicates congressional talks over the defense budget and is sure to infuriate progressive Democrats, who have been pushing for a 10 percent cut to the defense budget.


 

Genghis khan1

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Look like Uncle Sam is gearing up for something big. These figures are higher than those during peak fighting years of Iraq war. Almost reaching Afghan surge of 2009-2010 before bin laden raid.
 

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Look like Uncle Sam is gearing up for something big. These figures are higher than those during peak fighting years of Iraq war. Almost reaching Afghan surge of 2009-2010 before bin laden raid.
Extra money will go to Israel no doubt, hence behind the "behind closed doors" decision.
 

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No, they get their already set Billion or two through different processes.

Yes, but figure is touching $800 billion when there is no war spending, now that’s huge.
Ahh but war is pending, you just don't know which country is next, but it can be calculated.
 

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The American people have guns don't they? Why don't they take out the actual source of their misery (the war arms industry)?

I imagine a lot of them don't have much to lose at this point. Even their veterans.
 

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Inflation picking up - recovery on track. This is meant for funding a foreign military and their men to die in war.. so long as American troops & lives are secure its a good spend.
 

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Inflation picking up - recovery on track. This is meant for funding a foreign military and their men to die in war.. so long as American troops & lives are secure its a good spend.
America is a fascist empire. The powers that be dgaf about American troops.
 

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the increase is to pay benefits of the families of the ever increasing number of veterans who commit suicide rather than fight these shit wars...
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over 30,000 suicides due to wars Afghanistan & Iraq alone.
 

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