U.S. House passes bill authorizing $633 billion in defense spending

WASHINGTON Thu Dec 12, 2013 6:56pm EST

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel speaks to U.S. troops at the Kandahar Air Base, December 8, 2013. REUTERS/Mark Wilson/Pool

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel speaks to U.S. troops at the Kandahar Air Base, December 8, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives approved the annual defense policy bill on Thursday, authorizing $633 billion in spending for 2014, strengthening protections for victims of sexual assault in the military and easing some transfers from the prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

The House voted 350-69 to pass a slimmed down version of the National Defense Authorization Act, which was introduced as a compromise early this week. Its passage clears the way for the measure to be considered by the U.S. Senate, likely next week.

(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

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KarimNNAss wrote:
Instead of spending your time complaining here, spend the time to write your representative, the one you elected.

Dec 12, 2013 9:11pm EST  --  Report as abuse
flashrooster wrote:
$633 billion on defense spending. That’s insane. We spend far too much on defense. If we can’t protect this country’s interests with under a half trillion a year, there’s clearly something we’re not doing right. Our military-industrial complex is alive and well.

But it’s not just our military-industrial complex. It’s our fossil fuels-industrial complex, our gun-industrial complex, our banking/Wall Street industrial complex, it’s our entire special interests-industrial complex. Everyone has a place at the table except the American people. We no longer are being represented by our government. We no longer practice democracy. Just because we have elections doesn’t mean we practice democracy.

Dec 13, 2013 9:32am EST  --  Report as abuse
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