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Congress Passes $825 Billion Defense Spending Bill Amid Political Battles, Government Shutdown Threat

March 25, 2024

Valerie Insinna

Breaking Defense

WASHINGTON – NOVEMBER 06: The early morning sun strikes the U.S. Capitol November 6, 2006 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

By Valerie Insinna, Breaking Defense / March 23, 2024

WASHINGTON — Congress passed its $825 billion defense funding bill for fiscal 2024 early this morning, missing a midnight deadline when funding was set to expire but ultimately staving off the impact of a partial government shutdown.

The defense bill — approved as part of a larger $1.2 trillion bipartisan funding package — now moves to the White House, where President Joe Biden has indicated he is ready to sign.

For the Pentagon, the bill’s passage signifies some return to normal order after having operated the first six months of the fiscal year under a continuing resolution, which keeps funding at the level of the previous year and prohibits the department from starting new programs. The FY24 defense bill adds about $27 billion compared to the FY23 enacted defense budget.

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