President Trump has signed the National Defense Authorization Act, a $700 billion budget that will give American soldiers the largest pay raise in over seven years. The budget, which has not seen such a significant increase since 2010, also allows for additional spending on a more adaptive missile defense system as tensions continue to escalate with North Korea.
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American Military News reported the newly signed budget includes a 2.4 percent pay raise for troops. The bill will create more opportunity for employment in the military as well as create additional revenue to make our military the best in the world.
Trump had urged Congress to get the new act done and ready for his signature before Christmas. After signing the bill, President Trump spoke positively about getting it signed.
“This legislation represents a momentous step toward rebuilding our military and securing the future for our children,” 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.”
According to CBS News, the legislation will give the Department of Defense $626 billion for making improvements to bases around the world and an estimated $66 billion for continuing the fight against ISIS.
President Trump offered a rare compliment to Senator John McCain, who was one of the leaders of the bill. “He has fought very hard to make it just the way he wants it, and the way we all want it,” he said.
In wake of the most recent New York terror attack, Trump emphasized how important this bill was to make sure these attacks don’t continue. “These attacks underscore the dangers we face from around the globe, the National Defense Authorization Act could not come at a more opportune or important time.”
In his closing statements, Trump said: “History teaches us that when you weaken your defenses, you invite aggression,” he explained. “The best way to prevent conflict of any kind is to be prepared. Only when the good are strong will peace prevail.”