February 2, 2023
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The US Senate approved $858 billion for defense in 2023

The US Senate on Thursday (Dec 15, 2022) approved legislation authorizing $858 billion in annual defense spending. The value proposed by the North American president exceeds US$ 45 billion. Joe BidenAnd 10% more than this year ($778 billion).

The score in the Senate was comfortable: 83 members of Congress voted in favor of the plan, while only 11 voted against.

Already as text Passed by the ChamberIt will go to the White House for Biden’s approval.

The bill, which is voted on annually by Congress, is called the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act). Among other points, this year’s speech included a 4.6% salary hike for the Defense Department military and civilians, and funds to buy weapons, ships and aircraft.

The program also provides support Ukraine 800 million USD and includes a series of equipment for strengthening Taiwan Inside Amid tensions with China๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท Among them, up to US$10 billion is spent over 5 years to finance arms and military equipment for the island.

The plan includes a clause that discourages government agencies from buying semiconductor products made by certain Chinese companies. The procurement ban will be phased in over the next 5 years.

The text ends mandatory full vaccination against Covid-19 for members of the US armed forces.

Republican Senator James Inhofe, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, celebrated the outcome of the vote. ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ทThis is the most important bill we pass each year“, said.