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Congress finalizes $717 billion defense budget authorization months ahead of schedule

America’s annual defense authorization bill was passed on Wednesday, marking the earliest the spending measure has been passed in 41 years. The bill raises military pay by 2.6%, increases personnel numbers by 15,600, and increases both aircraft and ship purchases beyond levels requested by the White House. The legislation also delays the delivery of F-35s to Turkey and bans Chinese firms ZTE and Hauwei from U.S. government business. 

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