By Eric Tataw – Washington DC, USA – Friday, December 20, 2019.
The President of the United States of America, Donald Trump has announced, Friday, December 20, 2019, the creation of the sixth branch of the United States Armed Forces.
The creation is part of a 738 Billion Dollar Defense Spending Bill the United States Senate on Tuesday, December 17, 2019, voted overwhelmingly to pass Bill; National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA.
Donald Trump said in his official Facebook Page about 40 minutes ago as at the time of this report that he will be signing the bill later today, December 20.
According to Trump, the 738 Billion Dollar Defense Spending Bill will include 12 weeks Paid Parental Leave and give troops a raise. Trump is signing the Bill days after he was impeached by the House of Representatives.
The Bill allows for the creation of a US Space Force. The Space Force is the anticipated space warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces. It will be the sixth branch of the United States Armed Forces and the eighth U.S. uniformed service.
Other parts of the Bill will allow funding of the Southern Border Wall and repeals “Cadillac Tax” on Health Plans. But, an aspect of the Bill that’s seriously opposed by commentators and observers is raising smoking age to 21.
“I will be signing our 738 Billion Dollar Defense Spending Bill today. It will include 12 weeks Paid Parental Leave, gives our troops a raise, importantly creates the SPACE FORCE, SOUTHERN BORDER WALL FUNDING, repeals “Cadillac Tax” on Health Plans, raises smoking age to 21! BIG!” Trump said.
The 3.1 percent pay increase for the troops is the first-ever paid family leave for all federal workers and the creation of a Space Force is the first new branch of the US military in more than 60 years.
Democrats dropped a provision to block Trump from transferring money from Pentagon accounts to construct a fence along the US-Mexico border after negotiations.
Protections for transgender troops and tougher regulations on toxic chemicals that are found at military installations for fire suppression were also dropped.