With a little help from Congress, we’re getting some answers.
The House and Senate agreed on a $50.5 billion spending package Thursday to fund the government through Dec. 11.
The Senate’s version includes $18.6 billion in additional defense spending.
And while the House bill includes no increase, it includes $3.4 billion in supplemental defense funding, according to the Office of Management and Budget.
But the House and the Senate didn’t agree on the full amount of funding for the Department of Defense, which the House passed last week.
And the $1.4 trillion in spending approved by Congress on Wednesday includes no defense funding.
Here are the key points: $15 billion to repair and modernize the nation’s fleet of military aircraft The House includes $15.5 million for the Navy, which is on track to replace nearly a dozen aircraft and submarines by the end of 2019.
The $2.5 trillion spending bill includes $1 billion to upgrade or replace a fleet of more than 6,000 Boeing-made aircraft.
$20 billion to increase funding for military intelligence and cybersecurity The House’s version provides $20.5 for the Defense Intelligence Agency, which supports intelligence collection and analysis and other programs, including cyberattacks.
The bill includes an additional $15 million for cybersecurity capabilities.
$40 billion for infrastructure improvements The House package includes $40.6 million for infrastructure investments.
That includes $12.8 billion for roads, bridges, water and sewer systems and other public works projects, according the Congressional Budget Office.
But there’s no money for building more bridges or highways.
Instead, the House adds $20 million for bridges.
The president wants more money to address the backlog of the nation, but the White House has opposed any increase in spending for infrastructure.
The defense bill also provides $1 million to the Pentagon for cyberattacks on the United States and other countries.
“The House’s legislation includes funding to improve the nation-building capability of the U.S. Armed Forces, including by investing in the Department for National Defense, the Department’s Cyber Command, and the Defense Security Cooperation Agency,” the Pentagon said in a statement.
The Trump administration has been under pressure to increase spending on military and security projects.
President Donald Trump signed a bill Thursday that included $5 billion for construction of a $1 trillion Navy-to-Marine pipeline and another $5.5 to build the first submarine, the USS Gerald R. Ford.
The bills would also include funding to fund a new Army headquarters for the National Guard and the purchase of additional F-35 fighter jets.
The Pentagon also is pushing to add $2 billion for cybersecurity upgrades, as part of a larger package of defense spending that the Pentagon says will increase the country’s cybersecurity capabilities to a “level we haven’t seen since the Cold War.”
Congress has a history of agreeing on defense spending, including in recent years, but this time around, lawmakers seem to be united on the issue of funding.