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U.S. defense bill triples Indo-Pacific fund and heads to Biden's desk

Congress authorizes more ships, aiming to meet China challenge

WASHINGTON -- Congress wants the U.S. military to further strengthen its posture in the Indo-Pacific region to fend off Chinese aggression. That was the message sent when the Senate passed the annual defense spending bill Wednesday, taking a more hawkish stance than the White House's budget request from May.

The bigger spending bill allows the Pentagon to build more ships and retire fewer. A fund specifically aimed at the Indo-Pacific was tripled from the year before.

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