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House Clears Waiver for James Mattis’ Appointment as Defense Secretary

The House voted 268-151 Friday to pass a congressional waiver that would permit retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis to lead the Defense Department under the Trump administration once he is confirmed, The Hill newspaper reported Friday. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters at a press briefing Friday that President Barack …

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Senate Sends $619B Fiscal 2017 NDAA to White House

The Senate sent the proposed $618.7 billion defense policy bill for fiscal year 2017 to the White House with a 92-7 vote days after the House passed the measure, Reuters reported Thursday. Patricia Zengerle writes the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act contains a $3.2 billion rise in military spending, provisions that …

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Senate Turns Down Cyber Data Sharing Bill

The Senate rejected a public-private cyber data sharing bill Thursday on a 56-40 vote, the National Journal reports. Dustin Volz writes Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., planned to attach the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act to a defense authorization bill as an amendment following the recent data breach at the Office …

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