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House Armed Services Panel Clears 2016 Defense Spending Bill

CongressMembers of the House Armed Services Committee voted 60-2 Thursday to pass a $585 billion defense policy bill, Defense News reported Thursday.

John Bennett writes the HASC-approved 2016 National Defense Authorization Act would authorize $495.9 billion in discretionary Pentagon spending and another $89.2 billion for overseas contingency operations.

Committee Chairman Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) said he believes the bill offers “the vital funding and authorities America’s military requires,” according to Defense News.

The bill is subject to review by the House of Representatives and the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Bennett reports HASC set aside funds for the Air Force‘s A-10 missions next fiscal year and additional money for the Army, Navy and Marine Corps to procure aircraft.

The committee also supports the Pentagon’s F-35 and Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike acquisition programs.

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