The House on Thursday gave a ringing endorsement to an amended defense policy bill, bringing a long-running fight over the legislation nearer to a close.
The House voted 370 to 58 to pass the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which negotiators reworked earlier this week to resolve a bitter dispute over what funding sources were being tapped to pay for defense programs following the enactment last week of a broader budget deal.
The Senate is expected to take up the measure early next week.
In addition to funding existing programs, the bill revamps the military’s retirement benefits structure, gives service chiefs greater control over procurement decisions, beefs up cybersecurity efforts and seeks to blunt emerging threats from Russia and Iran, including through missile defense programs.
The bill authorizes $607 billion in spending, which is about $5 billion less than the version passed by Congress last month that was vetoed by President Obama.