FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2020, file photo Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., speaks during a confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Hawley, says he will raise objections next week when the Congress meets to affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the election, forcing House and Senate votes that are likely to delay — but in no way alter — the final certification of Biden's win.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool, File)

(Missourinet) The U-S Senate today/Wed has passed the bill to fund and plan for defense spending in the coming year. The $768 billion bill includes service member pay raises.

Senator Josh Hawley serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee and voted for what’s called the National Defense Authorization Act. He says it is a strong bill for Missouri

The bill also includes changes to the military justice system that he pushed for with New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand —to keep the chain of command from deciding prosecutions. The bill allows that for sexual assault trials but Hawley seeks that course for all felonies.

Senator Josh Hawley said he supported the bill after congress cut out a particular provision:

 


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