Senate passes $631 billion defense bill

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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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