After the House overwhelmingly approved it 375-34, the Senate voted 92-7 to pass the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act. The $611 billion bill will fund the military for fiscal year 2017.
These numbers make it impossible for Obama to do what he had threatened: veto the bill. Congress ignored Obama and our brave soldiers will get a much-needed reward for their service, just in time for Christmas.
Among the bill’s many priorities: halt the draw-down of active-duty Army troops, stop planned base closings, keep Guantanamo open, and give troops a much deserved pay raise.
Congress Gives Troops Pay Raise For Christmas
Obama’s main issue with the bill was troop pay raise which would increase defense spending over the limit Obama had set. Obama dug in and threatened a veto, another losing cause he championed.
Finding their backbone after Trump’s epic win, Congress drove the proverbial final nail in the coffin of a failed legacy and rejected Obama’s pay caps and troop reductions.
They voted to give the troops their biggest pay raise in 6 years.
Our troops and families have been stressed by deployments, aging equipment and shrinking overall defense spending under Obama and low insignificant, photo-op pay raises.
Our brave soldiers and their loving families can spend this Christmas knowing their sacrifices will finally be rewarded.