House Approves $600B Defense Spending Bill

Law360, Washington (July 24, 2013, 9:18 PM EDT) -- The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a $600 billion defense spending bill, while narrowly rejecting an amendment that would have curtailed the National Security Administration’s ability to collect broad swaths of information from its controversial phone surveillance program.

The House approved the Defense Appropriations Act of FY2014  in a 315-109 vote, appropriating $512.5 billion for the Department of Defense and $82.83 billion for overseas war operations, according to the legislation.

The bill is above the budgetary caps set by the 2011 Budget Control Act...
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