$700B measure sailing through Congress
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.