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Biden Signs $768B Defense Bill

Facts

  • President Biden signed a $768B defense spending bill, increasing overall military spending by 5%.[1]
  • This includes a 2.7% pay raise for service members in 2022, and new processes for dealing with sexual assault in the military. [2]

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Spin

Pro-establishment narrative

This funding is crucially needed to meet unprecedented aggression and threats from China and Russia.

Establishment-critical narrative

This massive spending is primarily driven not by national security, but by lobbying from arms manufacturers. It harms medicare and grows the national debt.