President Donald Trump on Wednesday morning called on Congress to pass legislation that would provide a tax relief package for the U.S. military.
The Trump administration said that the military and taxpayers would benefit from a $50 billion tax relief plan that would help boost defense spending and help pay for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
It also would provide $1.3 trillion in military spending cuts to help fund the war in Afghanistan.
Trump has been critical of lawmakers who voted to extend the debt ceiling in early October, arguing that it was a “political stunt” that could cost the U:s economy $2.8 trillion over the next decade.
But he has made clear he would sign the measure if it passed.
He called on lawmakers to approve the bill, calling it “the largest military increase in history.”
He said it would provide the U.:s troops and their families “the financial security they deserve.”
“We’ve never seen a military that is more well-funded and well-equipped than it is today,” Trump said at the White House.
He also said he will sign the legislation if it’s passed.
The president is scheduled to leave for a four-day trip to Asia, Europe and the Middle East.