Senate votes to advance Department of Defense authorization bill
from Army Times
The U.S. Senate has passed a $662 billion defense authorization bill for 2012 that includes $527 billion for the Pentagon's annual base budget. Approved by a 93-7 vote, the legislation also provides $117 billion for war spending, $1 billion less than the Pentagon's request. Another $17.5 billion is included for defense programs overseen by the Department of Energy.
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