Biden signs $886 billion US defense policy bill into law

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# 23 December 2023 03:19 (UTC +04:00)

President Joe Biden on Friday signed into law the U.S. defense policy bill that authorizes arecord $886 billion in annual military spending and policies such as aid for Ukraine and push-back against China in the Indo-Pacific, APA reports citing Reuters.

The National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, passed Congress last week. The Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate approved the legislation with a strong bipartisan majority of 87 to 13 while the House of Representatives voted in favor 310 to 118.

The bill, one of the few major pieces of legislation Congress passes every year, governs everything from pay raises for service members and purchases of ships and aircraft to policies such as support for foreign partners like Taiwan.

The act, nearly 3,100 pages long, called for a 5.2% pay raise for service members and increased the nation's total national security budget by about 3% to $886 billion. It also lists certain Chinese battery companies that it says are ineligible for Defense Department procurement.