Senate Passes $631 Billion Defense Bill

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate has voted for a sweeping, $631 billion defense bill that calls for accelerating the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan and tightens sanctions on Iran.
The vote was 98-0. The legislation would authorize money for weapons, aircraft and ships and provide a 1.7 percent pay raise for military personnel.
After a decade of increasing Pentagon budgets, the vote came against the backdrop of significant reductions in projected military spending and the threat of deeper cuts from the so-called fiscal cliff of automatic reductions.
The Obama administration has threatened to veto the measure, citing limits on the president's authority to handle terror suspects.
The Senate must reconcile its version with the legislation the House passed in May. Lawmakers have just a few weeks to produce a final bill.

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  • by Rick Location: jackson on Dec 6, 2012 at 04:22 AM
    You can never pass to many or to much defense bills. Especially since Republicans get paid for their defense ties by the bomb so never insist on taxing the rich or eliminating the big money they reap from war and weapondry
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