The fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill passed the Republican-led House 299-120. Sixteen Republicans voted against the bill, while 77 Democrats voted for it. The Senate will start marking up its own version next week.
“This year’s defense authorization bill helps meet my priorities as chairman: resolve sequestration, restore strategy and sanity to the defense budget, and rebuild our military after a decade of war,” House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) said in a statement after the bill’s passage.
The lengthy debate over the nation’s military and counterterrorism
policies culminated when an unlikely alliance of libertarian Republicans
and liberal Democrats confronted their House colleagues early Friday
morning over the highly contentious question of whether the government
has the power to indefinitely detain suspected terrorists captured on