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Biden passes $768.2 billion defense spending bill into law

Washington, Dec 28 (AP) US President Joe Biden signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law on Monday. Under this law, $ 768.2 billion has been authorized for spending on defense items, including a 2.7 percent increase in the salaries of members of the defense services for 2022.

The NDAA authorizes a five percent increase in military spending and is the result of intense negotiations between Democrats and Republicans on issues ranging from reforming the military justice system to COVID-19 vaccination requirements for soldiers.

“The act provides significant benefits to military personnel and their families and increases access to justice, and enlists key authorities to support our nation’s national defense,” Biden said in a statement.

The authorized amount of $768.2 billion is $25 billion more than the amount Biden had initially requested Parliament. The former proposal was rejected by members of both parties over concerns that it would undermine US efforts to maintain a similar military capability with China and Russia.

The new bill passed with bipartisan support earlier this month.

Democratic Party members hailed reform of the military justice system through the bill, which would effectively take prosecution jurisdiction out of the hands of military commanders in crimes including sexual assault.

At the same time, Republican members were able to block an effort to include women in the draft, as well as include a provision that would prevent the humiliating dismissal of military personnel who refuse to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. Is.

AP

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