House Passes $662 Billion Defense Bill

By: AP
By: AP
The House has passed a major defense spending bill after the White House dropped its veto threat.

Photoi By Matt H. Wade

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House has passed a $662 billion defense bill after the White House dropped a veto threat over provisions on handling terrorist suspects.

The vote Wednesday evening was 283-136. In a closed-door meeting, conservative Republicans had expressed some concerns over the provisions, fearing an expanded role for the military in domestic law enforcement.

The bill would authorize money for military personnel, weapons systems, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and national security programs in the Energy Department.

The White House had threatened a veto but was mollified by revisions to the provision mandating military custody for terror suspects.


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  • by Anonymous on Dec 14, 2011 at 06:49 PM
    @hmm: If the GOP controls the Senate, then how did it make it past there? There's thinkin' for you...
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      by Anonymous on Dec 14, 2011 at 09:25 PM in reply to
      Perhaps because the whole Rep/Dem thing is an illusion?
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      by Brian on Dec 15, 2011 at 04:08 AM in reply to
      You need a refresher on govt. The GOP has the majority in the House, not the Senate. The is why we have a GOP majority leader in the house, and Anti-American Harry Reid as the Senate Majority Leader
  • by Anonymous on Dec 14, 2011 at 05:48 PM
    You might recall Fox News Channel's hero, Oliver North during the Iran Contra hearings. When his REX 84 detainment plan was brought up, things got silent very fast. This was way before 9/11. They are just looking for the right moment to do it.
  • by ML Location: CO on Dec 14, 2011 at 05:40 PM
    Looks like we will all be getting "in front of the troops" whether we like it or not.
  • by Ed on Dec 14, 2011 at 04:53 PM
    Is this the National Defense Autorization Act?
  • by yay4u Location: c/s on Dec 14, 2011 at 04:27 PM
    we should just veto washington...Is this the same bill the declairs the us a battle ground?
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      by Anonymous on Dec 14, 2011 at 05:23 PM in reply to yay4u
      Yes, it officially starts the revolution
  • by Common Sense Location: C/S on Dec 14, 2011 at 02:35 PM
    LOL! Well that was a quick reversal. Nice to see Obama is a man of his convictions! Too funny.
  • by hmm on Dec 14, 2011 at 02:26 PM
    Obama is learning from are enemies that to stay in power you must falsely arrest and detain your opposition. This bill will provide him with the dictator powers he so craves, good buy Constitution and Bill of Rights is was a great run while it lasted. Also don't blame Congress, this was (D)Harry Reids senate that started this mess with wanting to arrest and detain citizens as war criminals. Forget your liberal OWS, this is what the 2nd Amendment and revolution is for. Thank you founding fathers for reminding us that when government gets to big and out of control and they forget that they work for us and that the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
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