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Senators Vote 70-27 to Send 2016 NDAA to White House

money-graphThe Senate has sent the proposed $612 billion National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2016 to the White House with a 70-27 vote that includes 20 from Democratic senators, The Hill reported Wednesday.

Jordain Carney writes that the number of votes is enough to support Republican efforts to overturn President Barack Obama’s promised veto of the bill.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has indicated ahead of the vote that his party colleagues will support the veto even as 21 of them joined Republicans earlier this week to send the bill past a procedural action.

The administration has warned that it will veto the proposed NDAA due to provisions that it believes evade spending caps through an extra $38 billion allotted for overseas contingency operations without budget increases for the rest of government, the report said.

Connor O’Brien also reports on Roll Call that the final bill sent to the White House includes an overhaul of the military retirement system, a pay raise of 1.3 percent, a gradual reduction of the housing subsidy and stricter standards for the international transfer of Guantanamo detainees.

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