House Passes $690 Defense Bill Over Veto Threats

Law360, New York (May 27, 2011, 6:45 PM EDT) -- The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed a $690 billion defense spending bill for fiscal year 2012, defying the White House’s threats to veto the measure over provisions to revive a General Electric Co. fighter-jet engine program.

In a 322-96 vote, the House approved the FY 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, which sets the U.S. Department of Defense’s budget for the next year. Ninety-five Democrats joined all but 12 Republicans in voting in favor of the legislation.

The U.S. Senate still has to pass its...
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