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Mac Thornberry: FY 2016 Defense Authorization Bill Deal Close

Rep. Mac Thornberry
Rep. Mac Thornberry

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said Congress is close to a deal on provisions in the fiscal year 2016 defense authorization bill in an interview with the Washington Free Beacon reported Thursday.

Bill Gertz writes that the lawmaker told the publication House and Senate negotiators are near an agreement to help the Defense Department use overseas contingency funds to address potential shortfalls.

Thornberry also indicated that some lawmakers are also looking into potential legislation that will partially remove spending caps in the Budget Control Act of 2011, the report said.

Gertz reports the wide-ranging interview with Thornberry also covered other issues DoD faces such as intelligence data leaks and an increase in military capabilities of adversaries.

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