The House of Representatives is set to begin debating its annual defense policy bill this week, and President Donald Trump is expected to be on hand to unveil the bill at the Capitol.
The legislation would fund the Pentagon for the next fiscal year and would provide $200 billion in new defense spending, including a $150 billion boost for the Joint Strike Fighter.
The bill also would authorize a $1.6 trillion increase in military spending for 2019 and 2020.
House Democrats, meanwhile, are pushing for more than $200bn in new Pentagon spending, with the goal of spending $400 billion by 2025.
Democrats are calling for a $200 trillion increase for the defense budget, while Republicans are looking for $400bn in spending over the next decade.
“This is a bipartisan effort, led by President Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan, to boost defense spending,” Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., said in a statement.
“As President Trump has repeatedly said, we are taking on the world’s largest military, but the military is not our friend.
We must ensure that the United States is able to maintain its global leadership in the face of the new threats and challenges we face.”
The American people deserve a robust defense spending package, and we have seen President Trump push the military to the breaking point, not only with the budget, but with the military’s readiness.
We are taking the military out of the loop and making sure that the military and its commanders know exactly what the president wants and expects,” Welch added.
Democrats, who have already rejected a previous attempt to extend the military budget past 2019, are not expected to support the House-passed defense bill.
The House bill would fund nearly half of the Pentagon’s military spending through 2019, while $400 million would be spent over the year.
The bill would also authorize $1 trillion in additional military spending, $300 billion for 2020, $450 billion for 2021 and $600 billion for 2022.
The military budget is the largest component of the federal budget, with $5.7 trillion in annual spending.