US lawmakers agree on $585bn defence bill

2014-12-02 21:26


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Washington - House and Senate negotiators have reached agreement on a $585bn defence policy bill that provides funds to expand the US mission in Iraq to counter Islamic State militants. It also authorises training of moderate Syrian forces.

The overall legislation endorses President Barack Obama's request for money and authority to deal with the growing threat of the extremists.

The bill would provide the core funding for the military, including a 1% pay raise for the troops. It also takes steps to counter sexual assault in the ranks.

The authority to train moderate Syrian rebels battling the forces of President Bashar Assad was set to expire on 11 December.

The House is expected to vote on the bill this week. The Senate will consider it next week.

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