By Government Contracts Editorial Staff
On August 13, President Trump signed into law the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (H.R. 5515). The bill passed both houses with broad bipartisan support. The House approved the bill by a vote of 359 to 54 and the Senate by a vote of 87 to 10. The law authorizes FY 2019 appropriations and sets forth policies for Department of Defense programs and activities, including military personnel strengths. According to a DoD statement, the law, which authorizes a $717 billion national defense budget, “rebuilds our military, increases lethality, strengthens our alliances and partnerships and reforms the way we do business.” The discretionary base budget topline for the appropriations is $639.1 billion, which includes significant increases for improving the readiness of military forces. The budget also includes $69 billion for overseas contingency operations and $8.9 billion in defense mandatory spending.
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