For the past 8 years, the Obama administration systematically cut military spending along with cutting much of our military in general. The Democrats also passed a cap on defense spending at $549 billion, but the new defense spending bill passed by the House is for $696.5 billion, which means that the law to cap defense spending must be repealed in order for the new defense bill to move on.
The House on Friday overwhelmingly passed a wide-ranging, $696.5 billion defense policy bill that goes far above President Trump’s budget request.
Lawmakers voted 344-81 on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which broadly lays out policy and spending rules for the Pentagon and the military branches.
The bill would authorize $621.5 billion for the Pentagon’s base budget and Energy Department nuclear programs and $75 billion for war funding, known as the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) account. In addition, the bill takes $10 billion in OCO dollars to pay for base budget needs.
If the House passed the defense spending bill with 344 votes and knowing that 6 Republicans voted against it, that means that 98 Democrats voted for the huge increase in defense spending. It’s a sign that under Trump and Republican control and with the threat of North Korea, even Democrats are starting to realize the need to rebuild the military that Obama destroyed.