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Reports: Senate Sends 2016 Defense Policy Bill to Final Vote

BudgetThe Senate voted 73-26 to advance the proposed $612 billion National Defense Authorization Act for 2016 toward a final vote later this week amid talks of an expected presidential veto on the bill, The Hill reported Tuesday.

Jordain Carney writes that 21 Democrats joined the Republican majority to end debate on NDAA provisions that will put an additional $38 billion into overseas contingency operations to overcome defense spending caps.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) noted that party members will still support President Barack Obama’s promised veto when the bill reaches the White House.

“Our Democrats have stated without question if it comes time that we sustain a presidential veto, that will be done,” Reid said, according to the report.

Leo Shane also reports on Military Times that Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, indicated that the extra funds for the OCO budget could perpetuate an “imbalance between security and domestic spending.”

The final Senate vote on the 2016 NDAA will be on Oct. 8, the report said.

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