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US Congress to Boost Defense Funds, Scrap Military Vaccine Rules

Dec. 7, 2022, 2:11 AM

US defense spending could soar by $45 billion this fiscal year under a compromise defense authorization bill, which also hands GOP lawmakers a victory by removing a Pentagon mandate for Covid vaccines.

The boost to defense spending underscores bipartisan concern about rising inflation, strategic competition with China, and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The bulk of the increase would go to the Pentagon as it makes up the majority of national defense spending.

Lawmakers have been wrangling over how high national security spending should go to surpass US inflation this year during deliberations on defense policy and appropriations legislation. The defense ...