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Sen. John McCain Offers $7.5B Funding Proposal to Support US Forces, Allies in APAC Region

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John McCain
John McCain

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Arizona) has proposed $7.5 billion in U.S. military funds to boost munition inventory and construct infrastructure in the Asia-Pacific region through 2022, Reuters reported Monday.

David Brunnstrom writes McCain included the military funding proposal in his “Restoring American Power” white paper that seeks budget to increase the capabilities of U.S. forces and allies amid tensions over territorial claims in the South China Sea.

“These funds would boost operational military construction, increase munitions procurement, enhance capacity building with allies and partners, and expand military exercises and other training activities,” said Dustin Walker, a spokesman for McCain, according to the report.

Reuters also quoted a government official as saying that McCain’s proposal generally aligns with the Trump administration’s goals for the APAC region.

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