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Pentagon to Start FY 2019 with Defense Spending Bill Signed Into Law

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President Donald Trump signed the Department of Defense appropriations bill on Friday, providing $674 billion to fund military operations in Fiscal Year 2019, which begins Monday.

By signing the bill into law before the Oct. 1 start to the fiscal year, members of Congress noted this was the first time in a decade the military received funding on time.

“When I became Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, too many of our senior commanders and DOD officials had become resigned to the notion that inadequate budgets and inefficient continuing resolutions were going to be facts of life far into the future,” Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said in a statement. “These same officials had begun to view degraded readiness and lost agility as risk factors they would have to accept when facing increasingly sophisticated adversaries. Today, President Trump’s signature begins to turn that situation around. It is a monumental achievement. By funding our military in full and on time, we can begin to restore its strength, agility, and effectiveness.”

The bill, a $19.8-billion increase from the FY 2018 level, funds an active duty personnel pay raise of 2.6 percent and provides money for several key Navy and Marine Corps programs.

“The priority of this defense bill is supporting our troops and their families in the field and at home. At the same time, our bill is geared towards innovation, with record levels of funding for research and development and medical research, which I’m hopeful will lead to the breakthroughs of tomorrow,” Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), the ranking member of the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee, said in a statement.
“This bill shows what Democrats and Republicans can accomplish when we work across the aisle to solve problems.”

The bill provides $24.2 billion for building 13 new battle force ships – three Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers, three Littoral Combat Ships, two Virginia-class attack submarines, two John Lewis-class fleet oilers, one Expeditionary Sea Base, one Expeditionary Fast Transport and one towing, salvage and rescue ship.

The bill provides funding for prep work associated with future ship construction, including $250 million for buying materials to build an additional Arleigh Burke in 2020 and $225 million to increase the capacity of the nation’s submarine industrial base.

For aviation, the bill provides $468 million for six additional Navy and Marine Corps V-22 aircraft and $340 million for two additional Navy E-2D aircraft beyond the Pentagon’s request. The bill also increases F-35 Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter funding by $1.7 billion to pay for 16 additional aircraft – eight for the Air Force and eight for the Navy and Marine Corps.

“This package continues a historic increase in funding for our nation’s defense, helping the President deliver on his commitment to rebuild the military and keep our Armed Forces the strongest and best trained, equipped, and prepared in the world,” Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said in a statement.

The defense industry also applauded the on-time passage of the defense appropriations bill. The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) – a trade group representing the interests of defense contractors by promoting department of defense budget stability – released a statement complimenting the bill’s signing.

“NDIA is pleased the Defense Department will have accurate funding to execute the administration’s security strategies without the looming specter of another continuing resolution, which in the past has left our warfighters inadequately funded and our readiness and modernization levels depleted,” the NDIA statement said. “As the Senate and House passed the conference report by large margins, NDIA is hopeful that both the administration and Congress will continue to respect all stages of the budget process. Budget instability hurts the defense industrial base’s ability to supply warfighters with the equipment they need to defend our homeland. Budget stability is among NDIA’s strategic priorities, and we will continue this advocacy and look forward to engaging with stakeholders in the administration and on Capitol Hill.”

  • Frank Valente

    Disgusting waste of our hard earned tax money! Overkill to the corrupt Military Industrial War Criminal Complex.

    • NavySubNuke

      LOL, maybe you should focus your comments on where you seem most comfortable – “Russia Insider” by your comment history— not really a surprise to see you hate US military spending based in that allegiance.

      • Frank Valente

        Maybe you should open your eyes!

        • NavySubNuke

          My eyes are wide open which is why I am not a pro-Russian troll like you. I understand the draw authoritarian dictators present to weak minded folks but you should realize the majority of American’s don’t share your love of them.

    • tom dolan

      Gee Frank you’re pretty feisty for an Internet troll. Let me guess..you would have served your country but you were too much of a rebel? How about the rebellious idea of moving out of mom’s basement?

      • Augustine’s Lion

        He’s full on Apocalypse Now crazy. 🙄

  • Duane

    About freaking time! Congress finally does its job on time for once in a decade.

    • BudgetGeek

      Once in a decade?!? The last time Congress passed both the National Defense Authorization Act and the DoD Appropriations Act before 1 October was 1978.

      • Ken

        uhhh……no, but your are generally correct in a board sense.

      • Ken

        Between FY1977 and FY2016 (excluding the four fiscal years in which all appropriations were
        enacted on time), over half of the regular appropriations bills for a fiscal year were enacted on
        time in only one instance (FY1978). In all other fiscal years, fewer than six regular appropriations
        acts were enacted on or before October 1. In addition, in 14 out of the 40 years during this period,
        none of these regular appropriations bills were enacted prior to the start of the fiscal year.

    • Bubblehead

      How many times in Obama’s 8 years of POTUS was a Defense Budget passed on time? Anybody know?

      • Duane

        Presidents don’t pass appropriations bills. Congress alone does that.

      • Mk-Ultra

        Once again, right wingers showing how ignorant they are.

  • Ed L

    Gulf Island Shipyards LLC”, announced on March 19 that it had been awarded a contract to build one T-ATS(X) (towing, salvage and rescue vessel) options for up to seven more, at $63.6 million dollars apiece. To replace the current Safeguard T-ARS and T-ATF Powhatan class vessels

  • Arthur Vallejo

    As I am always saying: I am a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat. I voted for Mrs. Clinton, but l am also a patriot who is grateful to President Trump, Secretary Mattis and our Republican-led Congress for a sober and prudent national defense policy. Our people, our territories, our allies, and our vital interests are in grave danger from irresponsible and aggressive leaders in The People’s Republic of China, The Russian Federation and North Korea. President Trump will probably fail in his attempt to de-nuclearize the Korean Peninsula, but it won’t be his fault.

    • muzzleloader

      Duane triggered in 3,2,1….

      • Duane

        Muzzloader already triggered. Like clockwork

      • Mk-Ultra

        Do you people go to sleep thinking about Duane?

        I guarantee you’ve had dreama about him more than once. It’s embarrassing how obsessed you dorks are, and getting more triggered

        • muzzleloader

          Uh, no, I don’t dream about Duane. I am a happy Hetero who just celebrated my 30th wedding anniversary.
          To anyone who frequents this website often, Duane is famous for his hatred for the president and let’s us know often, and will not hesitate to deride anyone who speaks favorably of anything Trump does, hence my remark.

          • Mk-Ultra

            Sure. But browsing this sub, I see you people crying about Duane constantly, and not even a side quick jab, but entire posts specifically about Duane. Most if then time he’s not even commenting. It’s very strange and hilarious to see.

    • Mk-Ultra

      The Chinese, Russians and north koreans danger pose is practically non-existent. Don’t always fall for the propaganda fear mongering.

      The military has always been more than capable of handling any of the miniscule threats those countries could have possessed. Which is hardly any.

      The fear mongering is a bigger threat

      • Arthur Vallejo

        Methinks you no read enough History, Anthropology, Sociobiology, Sociology, Psychology and Neurophysiology!

        • Mk-Ultra

          It’s like you just posted whatever words you thought were complicated and make you look like an iNtElLeCtUaL

  • Augustine’s Lion

    Lmfao 😂😂😂😂

  • Ed L

    Navy right? Doubtful

    • NavySubNuke

      Doesn’t even know the correct acronym for an Navy O6 — of course he was in the Navy for 20 years….

      • Ed L

        Right oh Capt.

  • NavySubNuke

    LOL – no worries comrade — I always appreciate you pro-Russian’s trying to put a positive spin on whatever garbage you are spewing. I realize your goal is a weakened US so of course you hate any and all US military spending.

    • Frank Valente

      You would have enjoyed the cold war in the 50’s when we were hiding under our desks from the Russians, of course just as today the propaganda was a total crock of crap based on lies and nothing has changed WE MUST MANUFACTURE ENEMIES TO SELL WEAPONS! The Russians weren’t going to attack us then nor are they planning to today, NATO is the aggressor, and that’s the truth. The primary reason for the huge Military Expenditures is the Military Industrial Complex run by the 1% and it is all about the money , all about the pay offs to our corrupt politicians to line their pockets and the pockets of the super rich industrialists who just don’t care about the poor guys and girls who get killed and maimed fighting their useless wars. They are the Pawns! Read what General Smedley Butler had to say, it is a good book! WAR IS A RACKET! I have no problem with defending America if we are attacked but believe it or not we could defend our shores with $200 Billion and do it very well-that new Budget is criminal and wasteful and we could put the money to much better use-Health Care, Education, Infrastructure, Research and taking care of our poor veterans better who have served our country and now are homeless and sick. This is the last time I will write in this columb …..God Bless America!!

      • NavySubNuke

        LOL. Oh Frank you really are an entertaining Russian troll. Your fellow anti-Americans on “Russia Insider” must really love you.
        I realize how appealing it is to folks with a love of dictators and an ignorance of history to make arguments like this but you really should consider what happened the last time America turned its back on the world and ignored everyone — hint: start in 1935 and move forward slowly, pay special attention to how well the UKs “Peace in our time deal” worked out for them.

        • Frank Valente

          Dear Navy ,
          If you think the only country that is now anti-American is Russia, you have a lot to learn! We have attacked so many defenseless countries that now we are being considered the terrorists instead of saviours! We are allied with the most brutal dictatorship on earth, Saudi Arabia, we are arming them to the teeth! We are helping them bomb school buses full of tiny little children-you call that bravery?? I call that a war crime…and it is! America has lost its’ moral compass! Thanks to the Neocon Warmongers) Other countries feel they have no choice but to develop weapons, especially nuclear, to defend themselves and that is why there is a worldwide arms race. Insanity has taken over and only the USA is STRONG ENOUGH and influential enough to stop it before the entire human race is gone. Instead our President has surrounded himself with mindless Warmongers like Bolton, Haley, Mad Dog Mattis, Pompeo-all of the same mindset-WAR is the only solution. So now we are definitely headed for WW3……and radiation poisoning….a slow and painful death….for us and our loved ones.

          • NavySubNuke

            Well so much for “This is the last time I will write in this columb” – not a surprise though since you Pro-Russia folks have so few supporters each of you has to be extra vocal.
            I never said only Russia was hostile to the Rule’s based International Order that the US and others have sustained since 1945 and have done so much good — I just singled them out in my replies to you given your documented sympathies and allegiance to Russia. And please, China and North Korea are both far more brutal than Saudi Arabia even dreams of being. Never mind Syria or Russia.
            Nice try though troll but you should realize that few, if any, are going to believe the lies you are spouting. Best you dash on back over to “Russia Insider”, trolls like you do best in echo chambers after all.

          • tim

            … no on is blameless … NATO expansion in the East, China in the South Sea, Russia in the Ukraine … and on and on, but you cannot compare defense budgets $ for $ … they mean different things to different countries! In Germany, they build Kindergardens and buy rescue helicopters, in China half the country is run by the military but does their budget does not reflect that and Russia too does not list everything in the same way – so accounting is different and as a number by itself not a yard stick. Yes – I had high hopes that Trump and Putin would find together and work together against the Chinese … but again, the Dems with their “Russia-Craze” kind of put a stop to this, so we have to go it alone once more as NATO, let alone individual countries that have some army left ( not countries like Germany that have their helicopter pilots clock hours on AAA highway patrols – not kidding – because their military ones are not operational). These “friendly” countries are as much a problem as our “enemies”, just in a different way and it cost us dearly. Endly someone at the helm that tries to make them pay!

      • tim

        Triple bluff?
        Dems already think Trump is working secretly with Putin. So him increasing the defense budget weakens the USA economy and as supposedly the “new” technology of hypermissles negates any of our new spending does not help. The Dems just keep spinning their stories so often until it fits, or people loose track. Geeez … as always, there is no one clear solution and it is always a compromise. Obama starved the military and now Trump must pay for his predecessors mistake. I am sure he would have preferred to spend it somewhere else, but he has to fix problems left right and center and so far, so good.

        • Frank Valente

          Military starved???? $600 Billion und the warmonger Obama, if that is not enough then we should Putin manage the war budget because our Pentagon must be extraordinary inefficient to the nth degree! With 5 times the budget of the Chinese and 7 times the budget of Russia and we still consider them formidable opponent…something fishy there folks!

  • Bubblehead

    If you hate the military so much why are you on a military forum? Did you get lost? Go find a commies forum for yourself.

  • Alexander Innes

    28 countries in the EU?
    570 Million people
    231 billion USD (200 eur) on defence

    US 1 country
    325 million people
    674 billion USD spent on defence

    We are nothing but the world’s police.

    • Murray

      But how much of that $674b is spent wisely?

      • Alexander Innes

        right off we spend over half on direct foreign aid. (why are we protecting the south china sea? Last time I looked the Japs had the third largest economy and spent almost nothing on defence, and we get 0 oil from the persian gulf, yet we spend 80 to 100 billion a year defending that oil.
        Lastly, I don’t give a damn if russian tanks come through the whatever gap. They gotta swim to get here, and they don’t

  • Murray

    The US Navy has awarded Air New Zealand Gas Turbines a $17m contract to service and overhaul twelve GE LM2500 turbines in Auckland NZ. This is the equivalent machinery for three ABs/Ticos. Air NZ has experience in this work as LM2500 turbines power the Anzac class frigates.
    Just curious why this work has to be contracted offshore. Any answers?

  • Mk-Ultra

    “commitment to rebuild the military”

    What exactly do they need to “rebuild”?

    That’s 100% propaganda verbiage to fear monger mindless drones.

    Instead of making things up, they should just say the truth. Not all of us are like some of these right wingers in this comment section that eat up the very obvious propaganda and those made up dishonest phrases

  • Paul Revere

    In this bill was also spending for the wall. The meeting with schumer and pelosi was political theater. the wall has already been funded and the meeting shows the fact that the democrats and deep state want to destroy the US. How can Pelosi and Schumer, both being dual citizens of Israel and the US going to swear allegiance to the US? you can’t serve two masters, either you hold to the one and not the other, or, you love the one and hate the other. Christs own words: Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.