The US president has approved $ 777.7bn after Congress approved a major overhaul of protests.
President Joe Biden has signed into law $ 777.7bn annually in the US war budget – first in office – weeks after Congress it’s too late the order amid protests from progressive and anti-war groups that called for a reduction in military spending.
The White House announced that Biden had signed the bill, known as the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), on Monday, saying the money also included raising wages for US troops.
The U.S. Senate passed the bill in a 89-10 vote on December 15, a few days after the House of Representatives approved a 363-70 vote.
On Monday, the White House thanked senior members of the armed forces in the House and the Senate from both parties. Congress provided about $ 24bn more than Biden’s officials demanded by the military.
Biden’s approval of the bill is pending; the White House did not express any doubts about the amount of money raised, which led to the war budget continuing its most recent peak. $ 740bn reach in the last year of former President Donald Trump.
Leading groups and most of the legislators who voted for the bill criticized the NDAA, seeking to reduce the security budget and allocate more money for domestic needs, especially after the from Afghanistan.
Biden highlights the war budget that came eight days after the Democratic Senator Joe Manchin West Virginia said it would not vote for President Do It Well About how people spend money, all but breaking the rules.
Developments in Congress have emphasized that human resources – valued at $ 1.75 trillion over 10 years, about $ 175bn a year – are a small part of the military budget.
Left-seat Senator Bernie Sanders asked the Pentagon to spend money on Manchin’s refusal to reinstate the Build Back Better law earlier this month.
“I also find it funny that Sen. Manchin is expressing his concern over his decline after voting this week on the $ 778 billion war budget, four times more than Build Back Better in 10 years and $ 25 billion more than the President demanded,” Sanders said. he said in his own words.
The US military budget is the largest in the world – more than three times of China, the world’s second-largest economy.
Republican Congressman Mike Turner called the NDAA signing a “good news” law on Monday.
“Now more than ever, our enemies are developing their own defensive capabilities, and this money provides the necessary funding for the development of nuclear weapons and the protection of our country’s nuclear weapons,” Turner said. on Twitter.