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Report: House Approves $577B Defense Budget for Fiscal 2015

Capitol_BuildingHouse members voted 300-119 Thursday to pass a $577.1 billion spending bill to fund U.S. defense programs in fiscal year 2015, Bloomberg reported Thursday.

Roxana Tiron writes the bill covers $495.9 billion in base Defense Department funds, $63.7 billion for combat operations and $17.5 billion to fund national security missions at the Energy Department.

The 2015 National Defense Authorization Act rejects a plan to retire the Air Force‘s A-10 Warthog fleet and seeks to prevent military base closures, according to the publication.

The legislation would also provide money for efforts against the Islamic State organization.

House lawmakers approved funds to acquire F-35 fighters, EA-18G electronic warfare aircraft, Tomahawk missiles, Iron Dome defense weapon systems and Bradley Fighting Vehicles, according to Tiron’s article.

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