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Defense Spending Bill Clears House

On June 16, the House approved, 282-138, H.R. 5293, the FY2017 Defense spending bill. The House Appropriations Committee approved the legislation on May 17 (see The Source, 5/20/16); the Senate Appropriations Committee approved its version of the bill (S. 3000) on May 26 (see The Source, 5/27/16).

The bill would allocate $576.27 billion in FY2017 and includes $128.168 billion for military personnel and $33.576 billion for the Defense Health Program. The measure would provide $25 million for the sexual assault victims counsel program, $120 million and $20 million for breast and ovarian cancer research, respectively, and $8 million for global HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programs.

Among other provisions, the measure also would direct the secretary of Defense to study the impact of 12-week maternity leave on the Armed Services.

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