Congress approves defense bill, sends to president

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
December 23, 2010 06:39

Congress gave final approval Wednesday to legislation that authorizes the Pentagon to spend nearly $160 billion on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan this budget year without major restrictions on the conduct of operations.

The bill passed the House and Senate on voice votes after Democrats agreed to strip several provisions, including one that would have allowed gays to serve openly in the military.


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