In November, the US House of Representatives and the US Senate passed a $700 Billion Defense spending bill. Tuesday, President Trump signed the legislation with the following comments:
“This legislation represents a momentous step toward rebuilding our military and securing the future for our children,” Mr. Trump said. “I applaud the work of the members of both parties who came together to pass the National Defense Authorization Act, which passed with overwhelming bipartisan support— something that sounds very nice to my ears.”
A noted portion of the spending bill (one that includes spending authorizations for improvements in missile defense capabilities; increase in spending to defeat ISIS overseas; and upgrades to combat vehicles) is authorization to increase the size of US Military forces, and the salaries of existing members. The pay increase for military personnel is the largest in 8 years.
Citing yesterday’s attack on the New York City Transit Authority Bus Station and Subway, as well as previous Islamic terrorist attacks on the United States, President Trump stressed the importance of the NDAA.
“At this time of grave global threats I urge Democrats in Congress to drop their shutdown threats and to send clean funding, and a clean funding bill to my desk that fully funds our great military,” then shook the hands of Vice-President Mike Pence and Secretary of Defence James Mattis. His last comment was:
“We need our military, it’s gotta be perfecto,” Mr. Trump said.
Florida Congressman Brian Mast (US Representative for Florida District 18) posted on his Facebook page “Great news: The National Defense Authorization Act was signed into law, increasing resources to fight terrorism, improving our missile defense and securing the largest troop pay raise in 8 years!”
Congressman Mast is a combat veteran, who was injured in the Gulf War on Terror.