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Senate Clears Defense Authorization Bill

On October 7, the Senate approved, 70-27, the conference report for the FY2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) (H.R. 1735). The House approved the measure on October 1 (see The Source, 10/2/15).

According to the report, the bill would allocate $611.94 billion in budget authority for the Department of Defense (DOD) and for defense-related programs at the Department of Energy, as well as $89.24 billion for overseas contingency operations. The measure contains provisions relating to military sexual assault, family housing, and education for military dependent children.

President Obama has threatened to veto the legislation, because war funding, also known as overseas contingency operations, exceeds the spending caps enacted by the Budget Control Act (P.L. 112-25).

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