House passes $768 billion defense spending bill, despite GOP opposition,  

House passes $768 billion defense spending bill, despite GOP opposition,  
House passes $768 billion defense spending bill, despite GOP opposition,  

The House of Representatives passed a wide-ranging $768 billion defense bill on Thursday despite strong opposition from the right-wing members of the Republican party. 

The House voted 316-113 in favor of the bill, which authorizes spending levels and sets Pentagon policy. The bill also includes means that women can be drafted into the military, and establishes a 12-member bipartisan commission to review the entirety of the 20-year war in Afghanistan

The House Freedom Caucus party had called on the GOP to reject the bill for the inclusion of women in the draft.

In the vote, 181 Democrats teamed up with 135 Republicans to pass the bill, which also dealt a blow to President Joe Biden as the reps boosted the Pentagon's budget to $740 billion, $25 billion more than Biden had requested. 

'Everybody here will find something that they do not like,' House Armed Services Chair Adam Smith, a Democrat from Washington said on the House floor. 'But it is also the nature of the legislative process, in this case, that we have produced a product that everybody in this House can be proud of.' 

House Armed Services Chair Adam Smith, pictured on September 1, led the debate as the House passed a $768 billion defense spending bill on September 24

House Armed Services Chair Adam Smith, pictured on September 1, led the debate as the House passed a $768 billion defense spending bill on September 24

The bill includes the creation of a bipartisan commission to review the 20-year war in Afghanistan. U.S. Marines are pictured in Kabul on August 21, ten days before withdrawing

The bill includes the creation of a bipartisan commission to review the 20-year war in Afghanistan. U.S. Marines are pictured in Kabul on August 21, ten days before withdrawing

The commission will also focus on the US's chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan and demand details on current evacuation plans. Pictured, one of the evacuation flights on August 23

The commission will also focus on the US's chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan and demand details on current evacuation plans. Pictured, one of the evacuation flights on August 23

The $768 billion defense bill would:
Give the Pentagon a $740 million budget for the spending year Allow women to be included in the military draft and  Selective Service System Create a 12-member bipartisan commission to fully review the 20-year war in Afghanistan and the US's future plans in the Middle Eastern nation  Authorize $28.4 billion for 13 new Navy ships, including three Arleigh Burke-class destroyers and two Virginia-class attack submarines  Authorize the purchase of 85 Lockheed Martin F-35 fighters, matching the Pentagon's budget request  Procure 24 Boeing F-15EX jets for the Air Force, double the number requested by the Pentagon  Prohibit private funding for cross-state National Guard deployment except for emergency or disaster relief efforts Require generals and admirals to be out of the military for 10 years

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