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House backs $675 B spending bill for the Pentagon

WASHINGTON – The House has approved a $675 billion spending bill for the Department of Defense that includes a 2.6 percent raise for the military.

Legislators agreed with the bill, 359-49, on Thursday. The vote sends the bill to the Senate, where the Senate appropriations Committee approved a similar measure this week.

The House bill provides $146 billion for equipment and upgrades, including $22.7 billion for 12 Navy ships, two Virginia-class submarines and three of the fast-moving littoral combat ships.

The bill contains an adjustment to Arizona Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego at the bar the Pentagon from purchasing goods or services from Chinese telecommunications giants ZTE and Huawei. ZTE is accused of violating trade laws by selling sensitive technologies to North Korea and Iran. Huawei has ties with the Chinese government and is considered a security risk.

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