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President Signs Defense Bill

  FORT DRUM, NEW YORK (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Tonight U.S Military members are officially getting a pay raise.  President Trump signed the national defense authorization act which includes many changes for the defense department.  Eyewitness News Washington Reporter Mark Meredith has the story.

President Trump says thanks to a new funding bill...America's military now has the money it deserves.

  "After years of devastating cuts, we're rebuilding our military in ways we should,"  President Trump said on Monday.

The President signed the national defense authorization during a visit to New York's Fort Drum.

Upon arriving...the President saw firsthand...America’s military arsenal.

And it's arsenal that's about to get even bigger.

The 716 billion dollar package means more money for training...and new equipment.

Like 77 new F-35 fighter jets..

 

"This authorization will give America's warfighters the firepower they need to win any conflict quickly and decisively." Said, President Trump

Service members are also getting a pay raise.

The Pentagon says troops will receive a 2.6% increase in salary...the highest rate in nine years.

But Scott Anderson with the Brookings Institute says the White House can't take all the credit  

"This bills a bi-partisan package, so while the administration supported the pay raise, so did Democrats in congress," said Anderson.

Congress named the bill in honor of Arizona Senator John McCain.

McCain, who's battling cancer, was not at Monday’s signing ceremony.

And the President did not mention him by name.


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