US House of Representatives approves defense budget for 2021
The House of Representatives of the US Congress adopted the defense budget for the 2021 fiscal year. 295 people voted "for", against -125, according to Reuters. The document contains a separate line for new sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 and Turkish Stream gas pipelines.
Earlier, the White House officially announced that US President Donald Trump would veto the bill if it contains a clause requiring the renaming of military bases (Fort Bragg and Fort Benning). Recall that they want to remove the names of the generals of the Confederation who fought on the side of the South during the civil war in the United States. The administration believes that these efforts by the congressmen are associated with "ever-changing standards of behavior" that are driving the "cultural revolution left".
The White House is also not satisfied with several other provisions of the law, which officials saw as "encroachment" on Trump's powers, including restrictions on the use of military means in Afghanistan and control over the deployment of National Guard troops in the United States.
This is the 59th consecutive defense budget passed by Congress. Observers note that this is one of the few major pieces of legislation in the United States that are viewed as "must-go" by government officials. The document regulates many "sensitive issues": from raising wages and benefits for military personnel to how many aircraft need to be bought.