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Record US defence spending approved

Samizdat | July 15, 2022

The US House of Representatives has authorized $840 billion in defense spending in 2023, boosting President Joe Biden’s proposed record military budget by $37 billion.

The annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which sets military expenditure, was passed on Thursday by a vote of 329-101.

The bill offers $1 billion in aid to Ukraine, including a program to train Ukrainian pilots to fly F-15, F-16 and other US aircraft. The Ukrainians should familiarize themselves with US-made planes “while the administration continues to consider sending such equipment,” said a statement on Congressman Adam Kinzinger’s website last month.

The bill also bans the supply of the F-16s to Turkey unless the US president guarantees to Congress that Ankara has not “violated the sovereignty of Greece, including through territorial overflights” for 120 days prior to the transfer.

Last month, the Senate Armed Services Committee proposed its own version of the budget, attaching an additional $45 billion to Biden’s original plan.

Both chambers will vote for a compromise budget later this year. Jack Reed, the chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told Politico magazine on Wednesday that he expects the debate on the matter in September.

The boost to defense spending comes during Russia’s military campaign in Ukraine, and continuing tensions with China over Taiwan and the larger Asia-Pacific.

The US has committed around $5.6 billion in security aid to Kiev after Russia launched its military campaign in late February. The heavy weapons delivered by Washington include M142 HIMARS multiple rocket launchers, M777 howitzers. It has also supplied radars, helicopters, and drones.

The Kremlin has stated that “flooding” Ukraine with foreign weapons would only exacerbate the conflict.

July 15, 2022 - Posted by | Economics, Militarism |

2 Comments »

  1. Aarggh. The MIC has won another (pyrrhic?) victory. I suppose I should give a due hats-off to the “lonely” 101 dissenters in the House of Fools….

    Crank up those money-printing presses a degree, or a billion, or more….

    Amerika: Rest In (No, I pray) Peace.

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by roberthstiver | July 15, 2022 | Reply

    • It’s curious, and insincere, to call it “DEFENCE SPENDING”. It is money allocated to attack other countries(since 1945) using the word “Terrorists” to justify and deceive the American Tax Payers, and they fall for it every time???

      Decent hard working American people are now saddled with a National Debt of $30 TRILLION dollars and heading higher, every minute.

      Wake up America, you are being ruthlessly SCREWED, by the people you (apparently) voted for, and they only show contempt for you.

      Liked by 1 person

      Comment by brianharryaustralia | July 17, 2022 | Reply


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