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A proposal for the next massive defense policy plan would authorize $709 billion to fund a long list of initiatives from pay raises to troop increases to new ships, planes, submarines and missiles, according to an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office.
The House-passed version of the next National Defense Authorization Act, H.R. 5515, would raise defense-related funding from 2018 by 2 percent, or $15.6 billion, according to the agency, which issues cost and budget analysis of proposed legislation on behalf of Congress.
The measure passed the House floor last month in a 351 to 66 vote.
“The key focus of this bill is restoring readiness to ensure that when our men and women in uniform go out on mission, they have the best equipment, the best training and the best support our nation can provide,” Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, and the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said following the House passing the NDAA on May 24. “This bill also takes crucial steps toward rebuilding our military and reforming the Pentagon.”
The House plan would direct funding for pay raises of 2.6 percent, a boost to active-duty personnel by more than 15,000, an extension of certain bonuses and allowances, consideration of new improvements to the military healthcare system and purchases of new equipment and weapons.
The Senate is slated to begin more debate on its version of the defense bill on Monday evening. Last month, the Senate Armed Services Committee passed its version of the defense bill, which so far mostly follows the House version.
Both versions of the legislation have been named for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, who left Washington in December in his ongoing battle with brain cancer.