Senate panel releases wide-ranging defense authorization bill
Added 05-23-19 12:35:02pm EST - “The Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday unveiled a $750 billion defense budget that takes aim at funding construction projects on the U.S.-Mexico border, bans the sale of F-35 jets to Turkey, devotes more resources to military…” - Washingtontimes.com
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The Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday unveiled a $750 billion defense budget that takes aim at funding construction projects on the U.S.-Mexico border, bans the sale of F-35 jets to Turkey, devotes more resources to military housing and addresses sexual assault in the military.
The proposed 2020 National Defense Authorization Act includes $3.6 billion for construction projects along the southern border, a figure well below the original $8.6 billion President Trump requested in his initial budget proposal in March for a border wall. The shortfall could portend another showdown ahead of Oct. 1, the start of fiscal 2020.
The topline figure, however, is in line with Mr. Trump’s initial defense budget request of $750 billion released in March, which is a boost of about $34 billion for the Defense Department compared to the current budget.
The new NDAA 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 Turkey’s other NATO allies fear could compromise the alliance’s defensive strategies.
The Senate 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 Turkey has not accepted the Russian system and certify they will not purchase the system in the future, a senior committee aide confirmed.
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