Defense authorization bill advances in Senate, future cloudy

U.S. Senator John McCain speaks during a campaign event for U.S. Republican presidential candidate Lindsey Graham in New YorkBy Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate voted on Tuesday to limit debate on a $612 billion defense authorization bill, clearing the way for a vote on passage, although the measure’s future is clouded by a dispute between Republicans and Democrats over government spending policy. The White House has said President Barack Obama would veto the bill if it is passed in Congress because of the “irresponsible” way it boosts military spending. The annual National Defense Authorization Act measure sets spending policy for the Department of Defense but does not appropriate the funds.

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