U.S. House pushes pay, purchasing reforms in annual defense bill

The U.S. House of Representatives passed an annual defense policy bill on Friday that would authorize $604 billion in defense spending for the 2016 fiscal year and start reforms that could help curb costs over the long run. The Republican-dominated House approved its version of the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act by a 269-151 vote, overcoming a Democratic push to reject the bill. The White House has threatened a veto because the bill uses a procedural gimmick to circumvent budget caps for defense spending. It also begins to reform the military compensation system, including changing retirement plans to ensure that even those who serve just a few years will have some benefits.

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