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Bill Signed By President Bush Includes Pay Raise for Troops

A pay raise for U.S. troops was only one portion of the legislation signed by President Bush on Tuesday. The legislation includes a massive bump in the amount of defense spending allowed for the 2009 budget year. U.S. troops will receive a 3.9 percent pay increase as well as added financial support for tuition assistance, housing for military families and many other programs.

The bill allows for an astounding $612 billion to be allocated to defense spending. $70 billion is strictly reserved for U.S. operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, made to ease the way for President Bush to build an anti-missile system in Eastern Europe.

Parts of the original legislation were omitted from the final version, including sections written to allow Congress the ability to block security pacts with Iraq as well as language that restricted private interrogators from visiting U.S. military detention facilities.

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