House OKs $642B defense bill that Obama threatened to veto
The House on Friday ignored a presidential veto threat and passed a
$642 billion defense bill that abandons the deficit-cutting agreement
that President Obama and congressional Republicans backed last summer.
On a 299-120 vote, lawmakers backed the spending blueprint that adds
$8 billion for the military for next year. The bill calls for a missile
defense site on the East Coast that the military opposes and restricts
the ability of the president to reduce the arsenal of nuclear weapons
under a 2010 treaty with Russia. It also preserves ships and aircraft
that the Pentagon wanted to retire in a cost-cutting move.
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