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Paul Ryan at a press conference. Photo: Olivier Douliery/Getty Images

House Speaker Paul Ryan said the $1.3 trillion, defense-friendly omnibus bill heading for a vote Thursday will create a "21st century fighting force" in the U.S.

Why it matters: The bill allocates $700 billion to defense funding for updated equipment and increases in staff. The Trump administration requested a major increase to defense funding earlier this year.

What's in the bill:

  • $589.5 billion Pentagon base budget
  • $65.2 billion overseas contingency operations budget
  • $144.3 billion in military equipment spending
  • $23.8 billion for 14 new navy ships
  • $9.5 billion for the missile defense agency

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Biden administration unveils 3-pronged plan to combat domestic extremism

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White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced at a briefing on Friday that the Biden administration will roll out a three-pronged, interagency plan to assess and combat the threat posed by domestic violence extremism.

Why it matters: The federal government's approach to domestic extremism has come under scrutiny in the wake of the Jan. 6 attacks on the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob. In his inaugural address, Biden repudiated political extremism, white supremacy and domestic terrorism, vowing to defeat them.

Senate confirms retired Gen. Lloyd Austin as defense secretary

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The Senate voted 93-2 on Friday to confirm retired Gen. Lloyd Austin as secretary of defense. Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) were the sole "no" votes.

Why it matters: Austin is the first Black American to lead the Pentagon and President Biden's second Cabinet nominee to be confirmed.