House sends defense bill to Biden, despite conservative anger over spy powers, culture wars

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The Republican-controlled House passed a final $886 billion defense policy bill on Thursday, even though many conservative provisions had been stripped through negotiations with the Senate.

The National Defense Authorization Act now heads to President Joe Biden, who is expected to sign it, ensuring that defense policy legislation becomes law for the 63rd straight year.

The 310-118 vote on the annual policy bill succeeded despite conservative opposition to a short-term extension of federal surveillance powers and the lack of hardline provisions on abortion, transgender troops and diversity in the ranks.

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