us senate approves 631bn defence budget
Last Updated : GMT 20:27:03
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

US Senate approves $631bn defence budget

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today US Senate approves $631bn defence budget

Washington - AFP

The US Senate unanimously passed the Pentagon\'s 2013 budget, despite a political impasse over debt reduction that could see huge cuts to military spending next year. After months of negotiations, lawmakers voted 98-0 to approve the $631 billion National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013, which began on October 1. The sweeping measure, passed after five days of debate and hundreds of amendments, would tighten sanctions on Iran, restrict the president\'s authorization in handling terrorism suspects, and prohibit the military detention of US nationals. The bill must be reconciled with a version passed earlier this year in the House of Representatives before going to President Barack Obama\'s desk for his signature, though the White House has threatened a veto.  The two versions have major differences, but both Senate Armed Services Committee chairman Carl Levin and ranking Republican John McCain expressed confidence in reaching consensus in conference. The administration \"strongly objects\" to sections of the bill that would, among other things, impose restrictions on the use of funds to transfer detainees held at the US Naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to foreign countries; and to the proposed trimming of civilian and contract workers. \"If the bill is presented to the president for approval in its current form, the president\'s senior advisers would recommend that the president veto the bill,\" the Office of Management and Budget said last week. Obama had sought $614 billion, of which $89 billion would go to the war in Afghanistan. But the Senate hiked the total figure by $17 billion, even as lawmakers and the president grapple with how to avoid hundreds of billions of dollars in automatic spending cuts that kick in next month if no deficit reduction deal is reached. Tuesday\'s legislation saw more than 140 amendments added to the bill, including a ban on the US government detaining American citizens or US permanent residents without charge, and tough new economic sanctions on Iran aimed at stalling the Islamic republic\'s nuclear program. It also includes an amendment requiring the administration to report to Congress on the US military options available for degrading Syrian President Bashar al-Assad\'s use of air power against his own people, although it does not expressly authorize the use of US military force and is not to be construed as a declaration of war against Syria. The bill also provides a 1.7-percent pay raise for military personnel, strengthens the Pentagon\'s anti-sexual assault programs, and improves the care and management of wounded warriors, McCain said. The bill also approves funding for the deployment of additional US forces to protect American embassies and diplomatic missions abroad -- a reaction to the September 11 attack on the consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Four Americans including ambassador Christopher Stevens were killed in the attack by Islamist militants, and several investigations are under way to determine possible security lapses that contributed to the incident. Tuesday\'s vote marked a rare moment of cooperation between the two parties. Democrats and Republicans are engaged in fierce negotiations on deficit reduction for the next 10 years; they have until the end of the month to forge a compromise, but as of Tuesday, the discussions seemed stalled. \"Our efforts demonstrate that when it comes to addressing the issues important to the men and women in uniform, the Senate can work together in a bipartisan manner,\" McCain said.

arabstoday
arabstoday

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

us senate approves 631bn defence budget us senate approves 631bn defence budget

 



Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

us senate approves 631bn defence budget us senate approves 631bn defence budget

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Jordanian woman reveals her project

GMT 00:46 2017 Saturday ,11 November

Jordanian woman reveals her project
Arab Today, arab today Banyan Tree Phuket Takes Festive Season

GMT 01:34 2017 Friday ,17 November

Banyan Tree Phuket Takes Festive Season
Arab Today, arab today Keep kids busy at Thanksgiving gatherings

GMT 11:14 2017 Friday ,10 November

Keep kids busy at Thanksgiving gatherings
Arab Today, arab today Israel ready to cooperate with Saudi

GMT 06:31 2017 Friday ,17 November

Israel ready to cooperate with Saudi
Arab Today, arab today Top Democrat faces investigation

GMT 09:50 2017 Friday ,17 November

Top Democrat faces investigation
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Australian academic's book pulled

GMT 15:20 2017 Monday ,13 November

Australian academic's book pulled
Arab Today, arab today Angola oil boss sacked by father's protege

GMT 11:15 2017 Thursday ,16 November

Angola oil boss sacked by father's protege
Arab Today, arab today paObama climate envoy slams Trump's rejection

GMT 16:04 2017 Friday ,17 November

paObama climate envoy slams Trump's rejection
Arab Today, arab today The history of solar eclipses

GMT 05:16 2017 Sunday ,20 August

The history of solar eclipses
Arab Today, arab today Baidu speeds up AI progress

GMT 11:46 2017 Friday ,17 November

Baidu speeds up AI progress
Arab Today, arab today Urban, young and active?

GMT 11:01 2017 Thursday ,16 November

Urban, young and active?
Arab Today, arab today Ayten Amer happy for “The Flood” success

GMT 08:06 2017 Wednesday ,15 November

Ayten Amer happy for “The Flood” success
Arab Today, arab today Unloved vultures fight for their survival

GMT 11:38 2017 Wednesday ,15 November

Unloved vultures fight for their survival

GMT 08:21 2017 Tuesday ,14 November

Nelly Karim focuses on humanitarian roles

GMT 09:23 2017 Wednesday ,15 November

Years melt away as Bening & Bell play unlikely lovers

GMT 18:41 2017 Friday ,20 October

Designer Aql Faqih aspires to innovation

GMT 13:40 2017 Monday ,13 November

Pollution spikes in Delhi amid warnings

GMT 11:49 2017 Thursday ,17 August

Egyptian artist presents new collection of designs

GMT 10:55 2017 Thursday ,16 November

UN warns fuel running out

GMT 01:04 2017 Wednesday ,15 November

In Morocco, a blue tourist town

GMT 17:12 2017 Monday ,07 August

Al-Shawaifi reveals secrets of total solar eclipse

GMT 16:53 2017 Tuesday ,05 September

Youssra depended on colored foam
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday