President Trump's $717 Billion Defense Spending Bill Withholds 50% of the Army's Marketing Budget

Congress requires report on recent audit

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On Monday, President Donald Trump signed into law a massive, $717 billion defense bill for 2019 that promised to, among other things, increase some soldiers’ salaries, repair “crumbling military buildings and other infrastructure,” build more F-35 jets and launch a pilot program designed to “maximize opioid safety in the Military Health System.”

According to a press release from the Department of Defense, the law passed through both houses of Congress “in record speed” earlier this month. As noted in various media reports, the president spent approximately 30 minutes praising H.R.



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