House pushes to complete $633 billion defense bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House is moving toward completion of a $633 billion defense bill for next year that penalizes Iran's energy and shipping sectors.
A vote is expected Thursday evening.
The legislation responds to the new threats and upheaval around the globe while still providing billions for the decade-plus war in Afghanistan.
It would provide an additional 1,000 Marines for embassy security after the Sept. 11 assault on the diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed the U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.
The bill would authorize $528 billion for the Defense Department's base budget, $17 billion for defense and nuclear programs in the Energy Department and $88.5 billion for the war in Afghanistan.
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