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Congress Approves Final Version of Defense Policy Bill: The Senate passed the conference version of the Fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill, clearing the legislation for President Obama's desk and his signature. Senators approved the bill on Dec. 21 by a vote of 81 to14. Their action came one day after the House voted 315 to 107 in favor of the bill, which authorizes $633.3 billion in this fiscal year for national security activities of the Defense Department and Energy Department.

See our previous coverage:

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End Strength by the Numbers
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