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House Passes Defense Bill

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House has passed a $690 billion defense bill that limits President Barack Obama's authority on reducing nuclear weapons and deciding what to do with terrorist suspects.

The vote was 322-96 on Thursday.

The broad defense blueprint would provide a 1.6 percent increase in military pay, fund an array of aircraft, ships and submarines, increase health care fees slightly for working-age military retirees and meet the Pentagon's request for $119 billion to fight wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Final passage came shortly after the House narrowly rejected a measure requiring an accelerated timetable and exit strategy for withdrawing U.S. forces from Afghanistan.

The bill must be reconciled with a Senate version. The Senate Armed Services Committee will begin crafting its bill the week of June 13.

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