Trump administration approves $3.4 billion for the Army, Navy, and Air Force
The Trump administration on Thursday approved a record $3 billion to support the Army and Navy as they fight the opioid epidemic, the White House announced.
The deal, the largest military and defense aid package ever approved by Congress, is expected to boost spending by more than $500 billion over the next decade.
The Army and Air Forces are set to receive $2.4 trillion over the course of the decade, the Department of Defense said.
Trump will provide $1.9 trillion in military assistance, with $1 trillion of that funding earmarked for the military.
Trump’s administration said it would make $500 million available to help rebuild the military as part of the Veterans Benefits Fund.
The Pentagon will use the money to create 10 new jobs for active duty military members and to fund projects to restore and maintain the Navy’s fleet of aging warships.
Trump and lawmakers will also spend $1 billion on a military research and development center to develop new products and technologies, and the Army will spend $900 million to help the Navy “develop and deploy a new generation of advanced, unmanned aerial vehicles.”
The military has struggled to contain the spike in overdoses and deaths that has swept through the U.S. in recent weeks, and experts are urging the president to continue supporting the military and the nation’s defense.
The White House did not immediately provide further details on the funding, which has been negotiated in secret.