Under a new budget approval released by congress on Monday, U.S. forces could see a 15 billion dollar increase to the overseas war budget, according to new reports. Under the new breakdown, 2.5 billion would be allotted to buy new munitions and spare parts needed by forward deployed troops, while another 1.4 billion would go to modifying and upgrading existing military vehicles. The report also listed that almost 9 billion would be used to better train troops.
This, of course, is only half of the $30 billion requested by President Donald Trump in March, and some of it even comes with stipulations from congress, according to CNN. Two and a half billion would only be available, for example, after President Trump releases to Congress a plan to defeat the ISIS in both Syria and Iraq, the same plan in which President Trump has already asked the Pentagon to deliver within the next 30 days.
Some of the money will also be used to assist the Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Robert Neller, in combatting issues that arose from the nude photo scandal linked to a Facebook group known as “Marines United.” Approximately $18 million will be set aside for everything from assistance to consulting services.
The budget has a Friday deadline to avoid a potential government shutdown and is expected to be voted on early this week.