The Department of Defense appropriations bill also provides funding to research and develop advanced technologies for the military, according to a statement from Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. It was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee and now heads to the full Senate for a final vote.
"Governing is about setting priorities, and this bill shows our priority is the men and women who serve in our armed forces," Alexander said. "This funding bill provides a total of $694.9 billion for our national defense, a $20.5 billion increase over fiscal year 2019. The bill also includes a 3.1% pay raise for the men and women who defend our freedoms."