House Panel Passes $638B Defense Spending Bill

Law360, New York (June 6, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT) -- The House Armed Services Committee passed a $638 billion defense spending bill for 2014 early Thursday morning, approving amendments to require the Defense Department to build an East Coast missile shield by 2018 and preventing the DOD from pursuing base closures or reduced military personnel costs.

The National Defense Authorization Act, or H.R. 1960, passed the committee by a 59-2 vote just after 2 a.m. Thursday, after a marathon markup that began at 10 a.m. Wednesday. It includes $552.1 billion in spending for the base budget...
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