President Trump Signs the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for 2019
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The Trump Administration released its fiscal year 2018 budget request on May 23, 2017, requesting $677.1 billion for the federal government’s national defense-related activities. $667.6 billion of that amount was for discretionary funding to be provided by an annual appropriations bill. For fiscal year 2018, the cap set by the Budget Control Act of 2011 on discretionary defense spending was $549 billion. The Trump Administration budget request exceeded this cap by $46 billion.
Now, for year 2019, that budget has surpassed $700 billion. National Defense Authorization Act, which must be passed by Congress every year, authorizes policies that are funded by the defense budget such as American activities abroad as well as homeland surveillance. There has been much controversy regarding NDAA because it gives broad powers to the three branches of government to order surveillance on Americans;it gives authorization for the use of military force and allows indefinite detention without charge or trials by the military and much much more.
Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker
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