Senate defense bill funds Space Force, pares border wall plan
Added 05-23-19 06:22:01pm EST - “Senate leaders released their first draft Thursday of a $750 billion blueprint for the Defense Department, giving President Trump a victory on the top-line spending and the establishment of a Space Force, but paring back his requests…” - Washingtontimes.com
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Senate leaders released their first draft Thursday of a $750 billion blueprint for the Defense Department, giving President Trump a victory on the top-line spending and the establishment of a Space Force, but paring back his requests for a border wall with Mexico.
The overall figure is in line with Mr. Trump’s initial defense budget request released in March and is a boost of about $34 billion for the Defense Department compared with the fiscal 2019 budget.
The bipartisan Senate Armed Services Committee’s defense authorization bill addresses a host of issues, including national security, domestic needs for the military and sanctions on NATO ally Turkey for its plan to buy a Russian missile defense system.
The proposal would prohibit the sale of F-35 fighter jets to Turkey if Ankara concludes a deal to purchase the Russian S-400 air missile defense system. Turkish officials said they aren’t backing down on the deal, which the U.S. and other NATO countries fear could compromise the alliance’s defensive strategies.
The blueprint bans any funding to transfer the F-35 or related equipment and intellectual property to Ankara unless the secretary of defense and secretary of state can confirm that Turkey is not buying and deploying the Russian system, a senior committee aide confirmed.
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