Senate OKs FY 2019 Minibus Spending Measure With Over $670B for DoD

The Senate voted 93-7 on Tuesday to pass a negotiated package that would allocate over $850B in fiscal 2019 funds for the departments of Defense, Health and Human Services, Labor and Education, Stars and Stripes reported Tuesday.

The decision came days after congressional negotiators reached a compromise on the appropriations package.

The defense spending bill in the minibus measure would appropriate more than $670B in FY 2019 funds for the procurement of 93 F-35 fighter jets; 13 new ships for the U.S. Navy; 58 UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters; 18 C-130J aircraft; and upgrade work on 135 Abrams tanks.

“If enacted, this would be the first time in 10 years that the Defense Department won’t operate under a continuing resolution,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).

The report said the House is set to decide on the minibus once it returns from recess next week.

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