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Trump Signs $700B Defense Budget, Says Military Must Be 'Perfecto'

Trump Signs $700B Defense Budget, Says Military Must Be 'Perfecto'
President Donald Trump participates in Tuesday's signing ceremony for the National Defense Authorization Act. (Reuters) 

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 02:38 PM

President Donald Trump has signed into law a sweeping defense policy bill that authorizes a $700 billion budget for the military, including additional money for missile defense programs to respond to the growing nuclear weapons threat from North Korea.

But there's a catch. The $700 billion budget won't become reality until lawmakers agree to roll back a 2011 law that set strict limits on federal spending, including by the Defense Department. The law caps 2018 defense spending at $549 billion.

Trump called on Congress to remove the cap on defense spending, and pass a funding bill that "fully funds our military."

"Now Congress must finish the job by eliminating the defense sequester and passing a clean appropriations bill," Trump said. "I think it's gonna happen. We need our military, it's gotta be perfecto."

Lawmakers have yet to reach a deal. Many Republicans favor easing the caps for defense spending only. Democrats also want to increase other government spending.

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