US House backs $642.5 billion defense budget for 2013

WASHINGTON - The Republican-led House of Representatives voted on Friday to authorize $642.5 billion in defense spending next year, defying a White House veto threat by adding several billion dollars to US President Barack Obama's Pentagon budget request.
The House approved the annual National Defense Authorization Act, which added nearly $4 billion to the president's spending request, in a 299-120 vote just days after moving to shield the defense budget from further cuts by slashing social programs.
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