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US Senate committee passes defence spending bill

Last Updated: Friday, August 2, 2013 - 00:13

Washington: The White House would need an OK from Congress to use military force in Syria under a defence spending bill in the Senate.

The bill cleared the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday. It would spend nearly USD 600 billion on the military, with nearly USD 78 billion for the war in Afghanistan.

Lawmakers added the requirement on Syria before the bill passed.

Democrat Tom Udall is the amendment`s sponsor. Udall sought to bar defence dollars from going to any action in Syria in violation of the War Powers Act.

That is a Vietnam-era law requiring the president to obtain a resolution from Congress.

The bill also includes nearly USD 4.5 billion for shortfalls in military readiness.


First Published: Friday, August 2, 2013 - 00:13
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