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House OKs Defense Bill To Build Missile System, Keep Northrop Drones

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House lawmakers approved their version of the 2013 defense authorization bill Friday that would fund a new U.S. missile defense system and addresses nuclear arms reduction plans, The Hill newspaper reports.

The National Defense Authorization Act passed in a 299-120 vote, allocating $643 billion to the Defense Department and its overseas operations.

This proposed budget is $8 billion more than amounts defined in the Budget Control Act and $3.7 billion more than President Obama’s proposal, according to The Hill.

Lawmakers appropriated $100 million for next year to determine a site for an East Coast-based missile defense system that would be constructed by 2015.

The report indicates lawmakers included measures that would prevent military leaders from retiring the Northrop Grumman-built Global Hawk Block 30 drones.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said last week that Congress restoring funds to areas that are not necessary to national defense capabilities risk upend the balance the Pentagon is working to achieve, according to the report.

The Senate is scheduled to mark up their version of a defense bill this week, The Hill reports.

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