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US Senate committee unveils $750 billion defence policy bill

REUTERS
WASHINGTON
The US Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday unveiled a draft $750 billion defence policy bill that would authorise more Lockheed Martin F-35 jets for the United States and effectively end Turkey’s partnership in the programme if Ankara pursues a plan to buy a Russian missile defense system.
In March, US President Donald Trump requested $750 billion for defence, a budget that included more money to build ships and buy jets.
In the coming weeks the US House of Representatives Armed Services Committee, controlled by Democrats, will release its own version of the National Defense Authorization Act, which must be reconciled with the version in the Republican-controlled Senate before it can be passed.
Because it sets policy for the Defence Department, the annual NDAA is one of the few bills that Congress passes every year. Because it has become law every year for more than half a century, lawmakers use it as a vehicle for a wide range of policy measures.

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