House Approves Defense Policy Bill Again, Setting Up Senate Vote

The U.S. House of Representatives today approved legislation authorizing $725 billion in military programs and setting policy.

House approval of the legislation by a vote of 341-48 clears the way for a possible matching Senate bill and it requires President Barack Obama’s signature to become law.

The House bill marks the last one for House Armed Services Committee Chairman Representative Ike Skelton of Missouri who was defeated in the Nov. 2 mid-term election.

The new House bill is a stripped down version of the measure passed in May after negotiations between Skelton and Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Senator Carl Levin. They agreed to exclude any provisions that could have delayed passage in both chambers.

The Senate has yet to vote on its fiscal 2011 measure that provides policy guidance for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1.