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 January 8, 2010

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President signs 2010 Department of Defense budget

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Defense officials are hailing passage of the fiscal 2010 budget that funds military programs and wartime operations in Afghanistan and Iraq and provides a military pay raise.

PHOTO: President Barack Obama shares a lighter moment with, from left, Karl Eikenberry, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, National Security Adviser Gen. James Jones, and Gen. Stanley McChrystal, commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan in the Oval Office, Dec. 7, 2009. Obama signed the 2010 Department of Defense Appropriations Act into law Dec. 19.  (Official White House  photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama shares a lighter moment with, from left, Karl Eikenberry, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, National Security Adviser Gen. James Jones, and Gen. Stanley McChrystal, commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan in the Oval Office, Dec. 7, 2009. Obama signed the 2010 Department of Defense Appropriations Act into law Dec. 19.
(Official White House photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama signed the 2010 Department of Defense (DoD) Appropriations Act into law Dec. 19 after the Senate approved it during a rare early Saturday session. The Senate passed the measure by an 88-to-10 vote.

The $636.3 billion legislation provides $128.3 billion for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and a 3.4 percent military pay raise.

The law also extends various authorities and other non-defense fiscal 2010 appropriations, White House officials announced. Most of those provisions involved temporary extensions of emergency unemployment and health-care benefits that had been set to expire.

Civilian employees also will get pay increases in the upcoming year.

For more information on 2010 pay tables, visit the Office of Personnel Management Web site at http://www.opm.gov.

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