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House OKs $570B Defense Spending Bill

CapitolDomeThe House of Representatives has approved a $570 billion appropriations for the Defense Department for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2015, Associated Press reported Tuesday.

Donna Cassata writes the White House opposed the defense spending bill for a congressional move that the Obama administration believes is restricting how it handles prisoners at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

“While there are a number of areas of agreement with the bill, the administration has serious concerns with provisions that would constrain the ability of [DoD] to align military capabilities and force structure with the President’s defense strategy and to reduce unneeded costs,” the Office of the President said.

The White House is set to submit a budget request amendment for its proposed Counterterrorism Partnerships Fund and European Reassurance Initiative and Overseas Contingency Operations, including funding for U.S. troops in Afghanistan, according to its statement.

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