Defense bill that includes StratCom HQ funding sails ahead despite some grumbling

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Posted: Thursday, December 19, 2013 12:00 am

WASHINGTON — A defense policy bill easily advanced Wednesday in the Senate in the wake of at least one key senator's suggestion that the legislation's failure would negatively affect ongoing military construction projects such as the new headquarters for U.S. Strategic Command.

A number of other lawmakers had suggested that those warnings were overblown. Regardless, the warnings appeared to be moot after the measure cleared a key procedural hurdle by an overwhelming vote of 71-29. The bill is expected to win final passage late today.

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