U.S. House approves $633 billion Defense Authorization Bill
U.S. House of Representatives approved the Defense Authorization Act of 2013, and it is now headed to the Senate for passing the $633 billion Pentagon budget.
Highlights in the Bill:
- It covers the cost of ships, aircraft, weapons and military personnel as well as the war effort in Afghanistan.
- It provides for $528 billion for the Defense Department’s base budget, $17 billion for defense and nuclear programs in the Energy Department and %88 billion for the war in Afghanistan
- Tightens sanctions on Iran and enhances security for US diplomatic missions after the attack on US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya and requests the Pentagon to report to Congress regarding the conflict in Syria on possible military options.
- Controversial sections arms sales to Taiwan and the Diaoyu Islands, on which China lays claim.