Trump signs $692 billion defense bill
President Donald Trump shakes hands with Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis after signing the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018. Photo: Evan Vucci / AP
President Trump signed the almost-$700 billion National Defense Authorization Act on Tuesday, saying it invests in "our military's greatest weapon of all, its warriors."
Why it matters: The bill is expectd to go towards a 2.4% pay increase for soldiers, the Hill reports, as well as additional active duty and reserve troops, increased Afghanistan operations, missile defense, and equipment.