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GOP-led House approves $602-billion defense bill; Obama to veto if it reaches his desk

GOP-led House approves $602-billion defense bill; Obama to veto if it reaches his desk

The Republican-led House voted convincingly Wednesday to approve a $602-billion defense policy bill after rejecting attempts by Democrats to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and to repeal the war powers President Obama relies on to fight  Islamic State.

The legislation, which authorizes military spending for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, seeks to halt a decline in the combat readiness of the U.S. armed forces by purchasing more weapons and prohibiting further cuts in troop levels. But in a 17-page statement on the policy bill, the White House detailed its opposition to numerous provisions and said Obama would veto the...

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