$700B mea­sure sail­ing through Congress

The Columbus Dispatch - - Nation&world -

WASH­ING­TON — The House eas­ily passed a nearly $700 bil­lion de­fense bill Tues­day, en­dors­ing a deal struck with Se­nate ne­go­tia­tors to au­tho­rize sig­nif­i­cantly more re­sources to Pen­tagon and mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions than Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump re­quested they bud­get for next year.

The 356-70 vote came af­ter a com­pro­mise process that was smoothly bi­par­ti­san. The Se­nate is ex­pected to fol­low suit by pass­ing the bill in the com­ing weeks, send­ing it to the pres­i­dent’s desk.

But the mil­i­tary will likely never see the full wind­fall law­mak­ers wrote into the bill, as Congress has yet to ap­prove the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s bud­get for next year — and will likely ap­pro­pri­ate bil­lions less to cover de­fense spend­ing than the de­fense au­tho­riza­tion bill out­lines.

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