President Donald Trump signed a bill Friday that will boost military funding and expand other federal spending by adding $20 billion to the national security department’s budget, a White House official said.
Trump is expected to sign the measure in the wee hours of Saturday.
The measure is the first major piece of Trump’s agenda since he took office Jan. 20.
The bill will increase the nation’s overall defense spending by an estimated $54 billion and add $6 billion to defense programs that include missile defense, cyber warfare and intelligence, the official said on condition of anonymity because the legislation was not publicly released.
The official said Trump is expecting the bill to be signed into law by the end of the day.
A similar measure was signed by former President Barack Obama in 2015.
The White House budget office said the bill would be a major boost for defense spending.
Trump signed the measure into law after months of negotiations and a marathon legislative session in which Republicans controlled the House and Senate.
The legislation, known as the Fiscal Year 2019 Defense Authorization Act, was also expected to provide $6.2 billion to help the military with counter-terrorism and intelligence operations.
The increase in spending will come at a time when the U.S. faces a national security crisis with North Korea, a key national security issue for Trump.
The president has said that he wants to increase U.N. funding and boost U.K. aid to the U,K.
It is unclear how much additional aid will be included in the bill.
The House of Representatives approved the bill by a vote of 242-188.
The Senate passed the measure by a narrow margin of 47-45.
Trump has sought to build up the military during his presidency and has pushed for increased funding for the U