The House of Representatives passed a massive $768 billion dollar defense policy bill that significantly increases the amount of money spent on the US military.
The Details: The House passed the bill on Tuesday and notably left out a previously added provision which would have required women to register for the draft.
The $768 billion puts the bill approximately $24 billion above what the Biden Administration had previously requested.
Among the items included in the bill are increased funding to counter China and prop up Ukraine as well as new funds to build new ships and airplanes.
The increase is seen by many as a rebuke of Biden’s vision for the military, which would have essentially kept funding levels flat.
The bill also includes a 2.7 percent pay increase for members of the military.
Of Note: The bill notably left out a provision to rescind the 2002 law that authorized the 2003 invasion of Iraq. A widely criticized law which has been cited to justify continual military action by US forces worldwide.
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