US Congress passes over $618 billion annual defence bill

The 2016 bill includes a $3.2 billion increase in military spending when there has been no similar increase in non-defense funding.

US Congress passes over $618 billion annual defence bill

Washington: The US Senate has passed a whopping $618.7 annual defence bill with some “compromises”, a media report said on Friday.

National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) had the support of 92 senators while seven members opposed it.

President Barack Obama will now decide whether to veto it or approve it, Reuters reported.

The 2016 bill includes a $3.2 billion increase in military spending when there has been no similar increase in non-defense funding.

The bill also bars closures of military bases.

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