Trump Signs Bill Named After McCain, But Doesn't Mention Senator Once

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The measure Trump signed Monday at New York's Fort Drum will boost military pay by 2.6 percent, the largest hike in nine years. "That is why we are also proudly reasserting America's legacy of leadership in space". "Ask experts how much it would cost to make higher education at public colleges and universities free, and you'll get some big numbers".

China and the U.S. are now locked in a trade war following Trump's slapping of additional tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, as well as dozens of Chinese-made products.

The signing ceremony also fulfilled Mr. Trump's promise to provide more certainty for military funding, after years of budget "sequestration" caps under President Obama. That's an additional $24 billion over the current fiscal year.

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Trump said that Patton's words "still ring true", noting that the American military was the most powerful in the world.

Trump infamously insulted McCain during his 2015 presidential run, and as recently as late June 2018 for voting against a disgusting health care bill (which something like 88% of Americans were against).

It also authorizes a 2.6 percent pay raise for troops, the largest in almost a decade, as well as boost the size of the Navy and the ranks of the military by 15,600 active-duty troops.

Congress named the legislation for Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, Arizona Republican, who is battling brain cancer.

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Among the changes, the bill creates new legal protections for students at Department of Defense Education Activity schools and requires the school system and the Pentagon to develop new policies for responding to reports on bases more generally.

The pay increase is effective October 1.

"I want to say, very strongly, there is no better place than right here at Fort Drum to celebrate its passage", the president said.

In addition, the United States defense budget in 2019 would authorize the Pentagon to allocate Dollars 250 million to provide assistance to Ukraine in the security sphere.

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The bill includes an amendment prohibiting sales to Turkey of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets until the Pentagon issues a report on Turkish-American relations in 90 days.