President Donald Trump signed a $1.9 trillion defense spending bill Tuesday, signing the measure with an apparent endorsement from a prominent military veteran.
The measure, the first major piece of military spending legislation passed in nearly a decade, was the first to be passed by a president since Bill Clinton in 1998.
The new legislation would give the Pentagon more money to fund its overseas wars and bolster its overseas security.
The spending measure also includes billions in additional funds for veterans affairs.
The money would also provide funding to help veterans care for veterans and those injured in combat.
In a signing statement, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis thanked Congress for passing the $1 trillion package.
“We are extremely grateful for the leadership and support of the Congress in passing this historic bill,” he said.
“The American people have a right to know how our nation’s defense spending will be spent and what the cost will be to our families and our veterans.”
The military has struggled with its budget and personnel for decades.
The Pentagon’s 2017 budget for fiscal year 2019 was $7.1 trillion, about $1 billion less than in 2016.
The military also faces a looming threat from North Korea.
In recent weeks, the country has conducted three nuclear tests, the most recent on Aug. 6.
The Pentagon is currently operating at a $53 billion budget deficit.
In 2017, it had $59 billion in total debt.
The $1-trillion figure represents the difference between what it had on hand at the start of the year and what it will have on hand by the end of the month.
It’s also a far cry from the $10.6 trillion the military budgeted for the 2018 fiscal year.
In that year, the Pentagon’s war budget, which includes salaries and benefits, accounted for nearly all of the government’s revenue.