HOUSE VOTES TO PASS $700B DE­FENSE BILL

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Wash­ing­ton — 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 and counter North Korea’s ad­vanc­ing nu­clear weapons pro­gram. Law­mak­ers voted 356-70 to pass the leg­is­la­tion, with 127 Democrats back­ing the mea­sure. Once the de­fense bill clears the Se­nate, which is ex­pected this week, 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. The de­fense leg­is­la­tion in­cludes $12.3 bil­lion for the Pen­tagon’s Mis­sile De­fense Agency and or­ders a more rapid buildup of the na­tion’s mis­sile de­fenses as Py­ongyang has re­fused to back away from de­vel­op­ing nu­clear mis­siles ca­pa­ble of strik­ing the United States.

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