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Congress sends defense bill with military pay raise to Trump

WASHINGTON – The Senate has given final approval of congress to a $716 billion defense policy bill that would increase military pay by 2.6 percent, the largest pay hike in nine years.

The 87-10 vote Wednesday sends the bill to the White House for President Donald Trump of the expected signature.

The compromise bill weakens an attempt to clamp down on the Chinese telecom giant ZTE and the president can waive the sanctions against countries that bought Russian weapons, but now want to buy AMERICAN military equipment.

The bill does not fund Trump’s request for a new “Space Force” as an independent service branch, but is a military parade, he wants to be in Washington in November.

The house and Senate lawmakers negotiating the bill after each chamber approved competing versions. The House approved the compromise last week.

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