On July 23rd, 2018 a panel of the US government signed a massive defense policy bill that includes a 2.6 percent pay raise for service members and an increase for weapons, troops, and equipment for the Defense Department. And that’s representing 716$ billion.
“This legislation will strengthen our military’s readiness, provide our troops a pay raise, support effective implementation of the National Defense Strategy, drive further innovation in emerging technologies to secure our military advantage and continue to reform the Department of Defense,” Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Jack Reed, D-R.I., Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., respectively the chairman
The bill also prohibits the federal government from using ZTE, as well as those manufactured by Huawei, another Chinese telecom giant. It also makes changes to the authorities of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, that supporters say will be critical for blocking deals with companies that pose national security risks to the country.
The move signals the 2019 defense bill remains on track for on-time passage by Oct. 1, the start of the new fiscal year.