$700 bil­lion de­fense bill gets bi­par­ti­san sup­port

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - MORNING BRIEFING -

House Repub­li­cans and Democrats joined forces Tues­day to de­ci­sively ap­prove a de­fense pol­icy bill that au­tho­rizes $700 bil­lion to re­stock what law­mak­ers have de­scribed as a de­pleted U.S. mil­i­tary.

Law­mak­ers voted 356-70 to pass the leg­is­la­tion, with 127 Democrats back­ing the mea­sure. Once the de­fense bill clears the Se­nate, the bill will be sent to Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump for his sig­na­ture.

The de­fense bill for the 2018 fis­cal year al­lots some $634 bil­lion for core Pen­tagon oper­a­tions and nearly $66 bil­lion for wartime mis­sions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and else­where.

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