Trump happy – space troops will appear in the USA
The U.S. House of Representatives approves a $ 738 billion defense policy bill that provides the first paid family leave for all federal workers and the creation of a space force, a top military priority for President Donald Trump.
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Democratic-controlled House of Representatives voted in favor of the bill Conference on National Defense Law, or NDAA, and sent it to the Republican-controlled Senate, which is expected to pass the document by the end of next week.
Trump said he will sign the bill as soon as it passes.
«Wow! – he tweeted. “All of our priorities have turned into the final NDAA: increasing wages in the troops, reviving our army, paid parental leave, border guards and space forces! Congress – don’t delay it anymore! I will sign this historic defense law immediately!».
The creation of the U.S. Space Force as the sixth military service of the United States under the Air Force fulfills one of Trump’s loudest campaign promises.
Despite widespread bipartisan support, a handful of left-wing Democrats and libertarian-minded Republicans opposed the measure because it did not include political plans that could limit Trump’s military force, including a ban on support for Saudi Arabia’s air campaign in Yemen..
The NDAA for fiscal 2020 also does not prohibit the Republican president from using military funds to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Democrats complained that the bill did not include broader provisions for the cleanup of toxic PFAS chemicals, although the bill will ban their use as fire fighting foam from October 2024..
These provisions were included in the NDAA version passed by the House of Representatives in October, but not in the version passed by the Senate. They were removed during months of negotiations with Senate Republicans and Trump administration officials..
Democratic Representative Adam Smith, chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee, defended the bill, pointing to family leave policies and other benefits for military personnel, and the difficulty of reaching a compromise in a highly divided government.
«It was not an easy process. This is an incredibly important piece of legislation.», – he said.
The clause prohibiting the transfer of control over the export of firearms to the Department of Commerce from the Department of State was also removed, opening the way for a rule change that would facilitate the international sale of American-made assault weapons..
The NDAA will increase defense spending by about $ 20 billion in fiscal 2020, or about 2.8%. It includes $ 658.4 billion for Department of Defense and Department of Energy national security programs, $ 71.5 billion to cover ongoing wars outside the United States, and $ 5.3 billion to fund disaster repairs..
Legislators use the NDAA as a vehicle to enforce a wide range of policy regulations in addition to determining how many planes or ships the Pentagon can buy or how much it can pay troops..
Although this year the NDAA allows the Pentagon to buy 12 production F-35 aircraft «Lockheed Martin» more than the administration originally requested, it bans the transfer of the F-35 to Turkey.
It expresses the view of Congress that Turkey’s acquisition of the Russian S-400 missile defense system, which Washington says is incompatible with NATO defenses and threatens the F-35.
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The NDAA is also re-authorizing a $ 300 million funding of an initiative to promote Ukraine’s security to include lethal defenses, as well as new powers on coastal defense cruise missiles and anti-ship missiles..
Military aid to Ukraine has been at the center of Trump’s impeachment investigation after his administration delayed security aid for Kiev last summer..
The NDAA also contains provisions designed to counter potential threats from China, including requiring reports on China’s overseas investment and military relations with Russia..
The final bill also includes sanctions on Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.
The text of the bill also states that Congress «unequivocally supports» Hong Kong residents as they defend their rights and strive to maintain their autonomy with China, and calls for improved defense capabilities of Taiwan.