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August 14, 2018

Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act. It establishes defense policy for the coming year, but does not actually appropriate funds which will be a separate “funding” measure.

Highlights:

  • $717 Billion budget
  • Bipartisan support in Congress. Majority of Democrats incl. Schumer voted for it. Notable “Nay” votes in Senate: Sanders (I), Warren (D), Rubio (R)
  • ZTE sanctions removed and replaced with a ban on US government procurement.
  • Military personnel get a raise
  • Lockheed’s export of F-35’s to Turkey on-hold / under-review, due to purchase of Russian S-400’s

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