The U.S. House easily passed a defense policy bill to the tune of $619 billion. It will fund operations in Afghanistan, against the Islamic State (IS) and also halt reductions in military manpower as well as fill gaps in military readiness.
|The vote was overwhelmingly in favor of the bill, 375 to 34 making it immune from any presidential veto. The Senate is expected to deal with the bill, the National Defense Authorization Act next week. It is expected to pass and be sent on to President Obama.|