WASHINGTON, DC (WLOX) - The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill outlining military spending for fiscal year 2017. That bill included an amendment authored by Rep. Steven Palazzo, allowing some of that money to be used toward President Donald Trump's southern border wall.
The bill will now go to the Senate for consideration.
"This bill doesn't contain any specific funding for wall construction, but I also believe if the President needs to realign funds or utilize our military to support the border security mission in the future, he should have the flexibility to do so," said Palazzo. "The President promised to secure our border, and we are going to help him do that."
The National Defense Authorization Act designates more than $631 billion for military spending in fiscal year 2017. The bill includes a 2.4 percent pay raise for service members.
The bill also calls for an increase in the number of ships in the Navy's fleet, including additional destroyers which are built at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula.
U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker introduced a bill last month that would make it policy to reach the Navy's minimum requirement of 355 ships. These are currently 276 vessels in the Navy's fleet.
Wicker says national security concerns overseas are the driving force behind his bill.