Senate approves defense bill despite veto threat

Tourists walk past the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonBy Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved legislation on Wednesday that would allow the military to avoid mandatory spending cuts, setting up a likely veto from President Barack Obama, who is pushing for a broader budget deal. The Senate approved the $612 billion defense-policy bill 70- 27. The House of Representatives has already approved the measure.

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