House approves $602 billion defense bill

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a $602 billion defense policy bill. The bill approves the construction of three new littoral combat ships built in the Austal facility in Mobile.

Congressman Bradley Byrne applauded the vote today.

This vote was for all the men and women at the Austal shipyard who work so hard to build a first-class ship to support our nation’s sailors. The Navy has made clear they need these ships in order to fulfill their mission, and I am so pleased to see the full House of Representatives agree to reject any cuts to the LCS program. This was a bipartisan vote, and I remain excited about the future of the LCS program.”

The 277-147 vote Wednesday came after lawmakers turned aside attempts to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and to repeal the war powers President Barack Obama relies on to fight the Islamic State.

The White House says it objects to numerous provisions and says Obama would veto the legislation if it reaches his desk.

The legislation, which authorizes military spending for the fiscal year beginning in October, seeks to halt a decline in the combat readiness of the U.S. armed forces.

The bill calls for purchasing more weapons and prohibiting further cuts in troop levels.

The House defense policy bill must be reconciled with a version the Senate is expected to consider by month’s end.


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