"Bipartisan cooperation has made this possible," Senate Appropriations Committee chairman Richard Shelby said in a statement.
"This package of appropriations bills includes resources for critical domestic priorities that our entire nation will benefit from receiving." The sprawling legislation includes a 3.1 per cent increase in pay for members of the military and a $22 billion jump in defense spending. It notably raises the minimum age to purchase tobacco and e-cigarettes from 18 to 21 across the country, and provides $25 million for gun violence research, the first time such funding has been allocated in two decades.
The package repeals a series of unpopular taxes, including the Obamacare "Cadillac" tax on high-cost health insurance benefits, provides $1.5 billion in grants to help states respond to the opioid crisis, and allocates $425 million for election security. It also provides $1.375 billion to improve and build barriers and update the wall system along the US-Mexico border, a priority for the president.
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