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 US 2016 defense budget with $300 mln in military aid to Ukraine to be considered in Congress today

The document which provides for supply of lethal weapons for Ukraine can become the subject of heated debate and be vetoed by President Barack Obama.

Censor.NET reports citing The Washington Times.

U.S. defense spending for 2016 is increased by padding a war-fighting account with an extra $38.3 bln compared to 2015 - next year it will make $612 bln.


A separate article authorizes the allocation, at the request of the U.S. Department of Defense and the State Department, of a security assistance to Ukraine in the amount of $300 mln "to support the Government of Ukraine defending itself against actions by Russia and Russian-backed separatists."

Such aid, as spelled out in the document, includes lethal weapons (anti-armor weapon systems, mortars, crew-served weapons and ammunition, grenade launchers and ammunition, and small arms and ammunition), counter-artillery radars, unmanned aerial tactical surveillance systems, counter-electronic warfare capabilities such as secure communications equipment as well as training both for critical combat operations and required to maintain and employ the above systems.

According to article's analysts, Republicans strongly support the document, while Democrats oppose. Even if the budget is adopted today in the Congress, President Barack Obama is likely to veto it, The Washington Times reports.

Obama's press secretary Josh Earnest called the document "irresponsible way to fund our national defense priorities," thus reiterating Obama's veto threat. Defense Secretary Ash Carter told reporters on Wednesday that he wants Obama to veto it.

As for Republicans, Senator McCain called Obama's veto threat "shameful."

Budget voting is scheduled in the U.S. Congress for Thursday, Oct. 1.
 
 
 
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