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Bill that would halt furloughs, restore defense spending passes House

The Department of Defense Appropriations Act passed a House vote Wednesday. If passed by the Senate, the act would restore defense spending to near pre-sequestration levels, as well as halt civilian defense furloughs.

The bill would provide a base spending level of over $500 billion and would be funded by cutting "lesser priority items," not from tax increases or debt increases, according to a press release by Congressman Mo Brooks.

Brooks, who voted in favor of the act, said passing the bill would stop cuts that undermine national security. "It is now up to the Senate to pass the act in its current form, so that our nation's defenders can go back to doing what they do best: keeping us safe," said Brooks.

Brooks sits on the House Armed Services Subcommittees on Strategic Forces and Oversight and Investigations.

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