Obama signs $633B defense bill

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President Barack Obama. AP FILE PHOTO

HONOLULU — President Barack Obama has signed a $633 billion defense bill for next year that tightens penalties on Iran and bolsters security at diplomatic missions worldwide after the deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya.

Obama had threatened to veto the measure because of a number of concerns, including limits on his authority to transfer terrorist suspects from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for one year.

But Obama said that although he continued to oppose certain sections of the bill, “the need to renew critical defense authorities and funding was too great to ignore.”

The bill includes cuts in defense spending that the president and congressional Republicans agreed to in August 2011, along with the end of the war in Iraq and the drawdown of American forces in Afghanistan.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_C5RLWOY26ACBYCLHUEEJQ2ADVQ K Fun

    The US can save more if it concentrates more in protecting its borders and stop on putting its nose in other countries.

  • rayingga

    I don’t mind if he puts some to protect the Philippines

  • valsore

    Can we aim for 1% of that amount from our own coffers for our own country? We have a big foreign currency surplus accumulated over the years through our foreign workers remittances. Let’s put it to good use.

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