On Friday, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2810, a bill for the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act.
The bill authorizes funds for the Department of Defense. It funds wide area things from procurement of new materials, deconstruction of past weapons, the Defense Health Program, and so on.
In total, the bill authorizes spending $695.9 billion in national defense spending for both domestic and overseas.
Part of the bill includes a 2.4 percent pay increase for troops.
Before the bill becomes law, it still has to be passed through the senate.
Alaska State Representative Don Young says that the bill deals with many things that hinder our military, such as outdated facilities, and the construction of things like missile defense systems and icebreakers. He went on to say he feels better about the security of the nation because of the bill.
"But I'm most proud about how the first time now in eight years, we'll have the ability to have our troupes train properly and provided for properly with equipment they need, not some outdated pieces of junk. So I'm, I'm happy to report that we are able to do this bipartisanly-
Very, very good bill, and you know, I feel much better today than I did yesterday about the security of this nation."