Biden signs defense spending authorization bill into law

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President Joe Biden signed next year’s National Defense Authorization Act into law this week. It authorizes $770 billion for defense spending — a big increase from last year’s authorization and $25 billion more than Biden originally requested.

The spending law authorizes money for new weapon systems, gives service members a pay increase and also expands paid family leave for primary caregivers in the military to 12 weeks, according to Ben Gitis at the Bipartisan Policy Center.

“Before this, they had six weeks of paid parental leave. Secondary caregivers — which are typically men — they only had three weeks,” he said. “And so they also brought that up to 12 weeks.”

It’s also the first defense spending authorization bill signed into law since the U.S. withdrew from Afghanistan, according to Travis Sharp at the Center for Strategic…

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