House Approves $738 Billion Defense Budget Bill, Includes Family Leave and Creation of a Space Force
By Fox Business // December 11, 2019
Bill heads to the Senate for a vote
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(FOX BUSINESS) – The U.S. House of Representatives approved on Wednesday a $738 billion bill setting policy for the U.S. Department of Defense on everything from family leave to fighter jets and the creation of a Space Force that has been a priority for President Donald Trump.
The count in the Democratic-controlled chamber was 377-48, enough to send the conference report on the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, to the Senate, where a vote is expected by the end of next week.
Trump has promised to sign the legislation as soon as it passes Congress.
A handful of mostly left-leaning House Democrats opposed the bill because it did not include policy planks including a ban on support for Saudi Arabia’s air campaign in Yemen and a measure barring Trump from using military funds to build a wall on the border with Mexico.
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