- The bill is expected to pass the House on Monday. | Photo: Reuters
Published 4 March 2017 (8 hours 23 minutes ago)
The news comes as China announced Saturday its military budget this year would grow about seven percent, its slowest pace since 2010.
The U.S. House is expected to pass the defense budget next week, drafted under former president Barack Obama’s tenure but featuring pet issues of Donald Trump, from precluding any spending on the closure of Guantanamo Bay to blocking any funds going into making the army a greener force.
The US$578 billion Department of Defense Appropriations Act, to be passed later than usual and valid until September, is US$5.2 billion more than last years but only US$1.6 billion more than Obama had requested. Increases in defense spending have been frozen until the bill is passed.
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