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$612B Defense Authorization Bill Clears Senate

senateThe Senate on Thursday voted 71-25 to pass a bill that would provide $612 billion in Defense Department funds for the 2016 fiscal year, including an extra $38 billion war budget, The Hill newspaper reported Thursday.

Jordain Carney writes the White House and Democrat lawmakers have criticized Republicans’ strategy to use the overseas contingency operations account to bypass sequestration caps.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) expect a full House-Senate conference committee to reconcile the chambers’ versions of the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act by the end of next month.

Reuters reported the White House also opposes provisions in the Senate’s NDAA that would block efforts to shutter the Guantanamo Bay detention center, implement a new round of military base closures and end the A-10 Warthog program.

President Barack Obama has threatened to veto the legislation.

McCain told reporters he wants to collaborate with Defense Secretary Ashton Carter to work out differences with the Obama administration on the NDAA, according to The Hill.

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