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Senate Nears Approval of Sweeping Defense Bill

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The White House is expressing support for a comprehensive defense bill that cracks down on sexual assault in the military and adds new protections for victims.
 
The administration says that while it has problems with some provisions of the comprehensive, more than $632 billion bill, it welcomes the changes on sexual assault and increased flexibility for President Barack Obama to handle terror suspects at the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
 
The legislation would provide about $552 billion for the core military budget and more than $80 billion for the war in Afghanistan and other overseas operations.
 
The House overwhelmingly passed the bill last week on a strong bipartisan vote. Senate passage is expected Thursday night.    (AP)

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