US Congress passes $584 billion defense bill

A view of the US Capitol Building on Capitol Hill, November 12, 2014 in Washington, DCThe US Congress adopted a massive US defense spending bill for 2015 Friday which includes emergency funding for military operations against Islamic jihadists in Iraq and Syria, as requested by President Barack Obama. The legislation passed 89 votes to 11 in the Senate one week after it sailed through the House. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was a culmination of months of negotiations. It also includes Obama’s $5 billion request for funds to battle the Islamic State extremist group, including $3.4 billion for deployment of US forces as part of operation “Inherent Resolve,” and $1.6 billion for a program to equip and train Iraqi Kurdish forces for two years.

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