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House OKs $716B ‘Compromise’ Defense Budget for FY 2019

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The House on Thursday voted 359-54 to pass the negotiated deal on a defense spending bill that would authorize $639 billion in base budget and $69 billion in overseas contingency operations funds for fiscal 2019, Defense News reported Thursday.

The compromise fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act would support the addition of 15,600 service personnel across military branches and a 2.6 percent pay increase for troops.

The measure includes the procurement of 77 F-35 fighter jets, cancellation of the U.S. Air Force’s Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System recapitalization program and allocation of $40.8 billion in funds to address military aviation crisis and $23.5 billion to update and repair military infrastructure.

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a Senate Armed Services Committee member, said he expects the upper chamber to approve the bill next Tuesday, July 31.

Breaking Defense reported the reconciled defense bill would authorize approximately $3.2 billion to support development work on new Columbia-class submarines and $250 million in additional funds for the submarine industrial base.

The report said the fiscal 2019 NDAA compromise also includes two additional Virginia-class submarines, a third aircraft carrier and two more littoral combat ships.

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