Amidst all the impeachment talks, Democrats finally took a few minutes to do something constructive.
Earlier this week, it was announced that the House had granted Trump a major victory by passing a bipartisan $738 billion defense budget bill.
Everything Trump wanted
For all intents and purposes, this bill was like Christmas coming early for Trump. While most feared the Democrats would pack the legislation with poison pills (as has been the case recently), that did not happen with this legislation.
When word of the 377-48 vote was made public, Trump tweeted, “Wow! All of our priorities have made it into the final NDAA: Pay Raise for our Troops, Rebuilding our Military, Paid Parental Leave, Border Security, and Space Force!”
“Don’t delay this anymore! I will sign this historic defense legislation immediately!”
Big win for military
One of the key provisions in this legislation was the largest raise our military members have seen in quite some time.
There is also funding to continue an area Trump deemed to be of the utmost importance during his campaign, and that is the continuing of the rebuilding of our military resources.
We will continue to see an influx of new equipment introduced to replace old and outdated equipment, exactly what our operators and deployed soldiers deserve.
Federal workers also got a big win with 12 weeks of paid parental leave during pregnancy.
While the provisions of the bill are significant, some conservatives are actually more excited about the provisions that are not in the legislation. For instance, the bill does not block Trump from moving defense funds to the border wall.
Another big win is the legislation does not mention any restrictions on Trump moving more prisoners to Guantanamo Bay.
Something that was in the bill was massive support for NATO, something from which both Republicans and Democrats feared Trump would remove the United States. While there are definitely some parts of the bill worthy of pushing back on, overall, it is a big win for Trump.