12 Sep '17, 11pm

Pay raises, new ships and planes, more missile defense could make it into Senate defense bill:

Pay raises, new ships and planes, more missile defense could make it into Senate defense bill:

WASHINGTON — Pay raises for servicemembers, funds for new ships and aircraft as well as a boost to missile defense could be implemented if the Senate’s proposed $700 billion defense bill is approved in the coming days. Lawmakers are slated to consider hundreds of potential amendments to the massive spending plan, such as protecting transgender servicemembers. Some of those amendments could set up a few battles on the Senate floor, though some lawmakers contend the overall proposal is in strong shape to gain approval. “It looks pretty good,” Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, said Monday night of the bill’s outlook. It could get moved through “this week or early next week.” The Senate’s version of the National Defense Authorization Act was stalled during in the summer, but passed a procedural hurdle Monday night. The effort sets up debate on the bill as early as Wed...

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