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US House passes bill authorising $633 billion in defense spending

Friday, 13 December 2013 - 1:24pm IST | Agency: Reuters

The US House of Representatives approved the annual defense policy bill on Thursday, authorising $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 Authorisation Act, which was introduced as a compromise early this week. Its passage clears the way for the measure to be considered by the US Senate, likely next week. 

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