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House passes sweeping defense policy bill; measure's future is cloudy

A view shows the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonThe U.S. House of Representatives passed the $612 billion annual defense authorization bill on Thursday, but the measure’s future was clouded by a dispute between Republicans and Democrats over government spending policy. The House voted 270-156 to pass the National Defense Authorization Act, which sets spending policy for the Department of Defense but does not appropriate the funds. The vote was largely along party lines, with most Republicans favoring the bill and most Democrats opposing it.

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