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House easily passes $700 billion defense policy bill

House easily passes $700 billion defense policy bill

The House on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a $700 billion defense policy bill that violates a 2018 budget cap by authorizing military spending on additional ships, aircraft, and troops.

Lawmakers in both chambers have rallied around the authorization of $634.2 billion in total base defense spending, and say it's needed to rebuild a military that is overburdened and underfunded.

The current stopgap budget measure that is funding the military and federal government is set to expire Dec. 8, and Congress must write and pass annual appropriations legislation to fund the NDAA priorities by then.

The NDAA bill authorizes more hardware and troops than requested by Trump, including 90 Lockheed Martin F-35 joint strike fighters, 24 Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornets and 14 new Navy ships, including three littoral combat ships built by Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics.

The bill authorizes $12.3 billion for missile defense, including a $4 billion supplemental request from the Trump administration, to counter growing threats from North Korea.

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