White House Backs Base Closures, Bucks Clearance Reform
By Dietrich Knauth (November 19, 2013, 6:47 PM EST) -- The White House on Monday criticized provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act pending before the Senate, objecting to the bill's refusal to close military bases and urging Congress to back down on changes to security clearances for government employees and contractors.
The White House said it supports the bill and appreciates the Senate's boosting of the U.S. Department of Defense's ability to counter unconventional threats, its support for cooperation with foreign military forces, a 1 percent pay raise for military personnel and stronger protections for sexual assault victims in the military.
While there are a number of areas of agreement...
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