Trump Signs $700B Defense Policy Bill into Law, Says Military Has 'Gotta Be Perfecto'

By Morrongiello, Gabby | Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The, December 12, 2017 | Go to article overview

Trump Signs $700B Defense Policy Bill into Law, Says Military Has 'Gotta Be Perfecto'


Morrongiello, Gabby, Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The


President Trump on Tuesday signed into law the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, a $700 billion defense policy bill that he said will help set in motion his promise to pursue a major military buildup.

"This historic legislation demonstrates our unwavering commitment to our men and women in uniform - the greatest fighting force in the history of the world," Trump said at the signing ceremony. "This legislation represents a momentous step in rebuilding our military and securing our future for our children."

While the act sets official policy, actual funding comes from appropriations, which Congress is still wrestling with as it faces a Dec. 22 deadline to come up with a budget deal that raises spending caps. The cap for baseline defense funding is $549 billion, well short of the $635 level set by the authorization act. The remaining $65 billion would be spent on overseas contingency operations, which is not subject to the caps.

Citing an attempted terrorist attack in New York City on Monday, Trump said the NDAA "could not come at a more opportune or important time" for U.S. military personnel.

"History teaches us that when you weaken your defense, you increase aggression," the president said Tuesday, as he thanked House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, and several military veterans who were present for the bill's signing. …

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