Congress OKs Revised Fiscal 2016 Defense Bill

CongressThe Senate passed a $607 billion defense policy bill Tuesday in a 91-3 vote, following the House’s 370-58 approval of the same bill last week, The Hill newspaper reported Tuesday.

Jordaine Carney writes House and Senate negotiators trimmed about $5 billion from the 2016 Defense Authorization Act‘s original version in order to comply with a two-year budget agreement between Congress and the White House.

President Barack Obama vetoed the initial $612 billion NDAA last month.

The revised bill is now ready for presidential signature and includes a provision to extend a one-year ban on the transfer of Guantanamo Bay prisoners to other detention facilities, according to the newspaper.

Defense News reported the new defense bill also contains military retirement and acquisition system reforms as well as measures related to sexual assault victim protection, carrying of personal firearms on base and U.S.’ support for military operations in Syria and Ukraine.

“We expect the president to finally sign it this time,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky).

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