US House Approves Massive $768 Billion Defense Spending Bill

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Lawmakers in the US House of Representatives on Tuesday night approved legislation that would provide $768 billion for the country’s military for the 2022 fiscal year.

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The passage of the bill by a vote of 363-70 came after weeks of unusually contentious debate over the annual defense spending budget over a range of issues. The final version, which was prepared in closed-door sessions between the leaders of both the House and the US Senate, included the creation of an independent commission to investigate the United States’ 20-year war in Afghanistan, in aid to Ukrainian A statement of support for the $300 million armed forces, and the defense of self-ruled Taiwan, which China has vowed to capture, even by force. It also prohibits the Defense Department from purchasing any items produced by Muslim Uighurs detained in China’s Xinjiang region.

The bill also creates a new, independent special victim prosecutor to handle charges of rape, sexual assault and other serious crimes, removing it from the authority of regular military commanders.

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But several other items were removed from the bill before the final vote, including repeal of a measure passed in 2002 that authorized military force against Iraq, and a measure requiring women to register for that system. which enlists Americans in the military in times of war. , which was strongly opposed by conservatives who are opposed to forcing women to fight in the nation’s wars.

The final cost of the bill was $24 billion more than what President Joe Biden had requested in his initial budget proposal. The measure now goes to the Senate, which is expected to give its final approval sometime this week after lawmakers there failed to pass their own version.

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Some information about this report has been received from Reuters.

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