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Pay raise, Ukraine aid, suicide prevention: Congress OKs $858 billion in Defense spending

WASHINGTON– The Senate Thursday night passed a nearly $858 billion defense spending bill  that provides pay raises for troops, sends billions to help Ukraine repel Russian forces and addresses the alarming rate of suicides in America’s armed forces.

  • Rachel Looker
  • USAtoday

It now heads to President Joe Biden’s desk for his expected signature.

The National Defense Authorization Act, which provides funding each year for Pentagon priorities such as training and equipment, passed the House last week.

The $857.9 billion approved in funding lands at $45 billion over Biden’s initial budget request.

The legislation phases out a…

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