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House OKs $578B to keep armed forces operating

Mar 9, 2017 - Orlando Sentinel (Florida)

WASHINGTON - The House voted decisively Wednesday to approve a $578 billion spending bill that keeps the U.S. armed forces operating through September and sets the stage for substantial increases to the Pentagon's budget advocated by President Donald Trump.

The fiscal year 2017 defense legislation passed the GOP-led chamber by a 371-48 margin, clearing the way for the Senate to act. The Trump administration is preparing a $30 billion supplement to the bill, which serves as a down payment

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