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20 Dec 2023

$886B

U.S. Military Budget Just Approved by Senate, A Record

The U.S. Senate has passed a budget setting military expenditure for the next fiscal year at an unprecedented [$886 billion](https://www.instagram.com/p/C04z_nuP3Ea/?igshid=MjJkMmIyYzQxYw==). Authored by Austin Ashburn and Lara Sonuga, the spending amount has been publicized as part of the military's annual financial plan. The bill [focuses on countering](https://www.voanews.com/a/us-lawmakers-pass-sweeping-886-billion-defense-spending-bill/7398213.html) China in the Indo-Pacific and supporting Taiwan's military, reflecting shifting geopolitical priorities. Investments [in AI and cybersecurity](https://www.voanews.com/a/us-lawmakers-pass-sweeping-886-billion-defense-spending-bill/7398213.html) indicate a modernization focus, addressing emerging threats in the digital arena.