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House, Senate Negotiators Agree On Defense Bill

WASHINGTON - House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a sweeping $662 billion defense bill that revises a provision on handling suspected terrorists that had drawn a presidential veto threat.

Leaders of the Armed Services Committee announced the agreement on Monday. They said they hoped lawmakers could complete the policy bill on Wednesday and send it to President Barack Obama.

The lawmakers said they hoped the changes to a provision requiring military custody for captured terror suspects would address the Obama administration's concerns. The White House had
warned of a possible veto if the provisions were unchanged.

The bill would authorize funds for military personnel, weapons systems, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and national security programs in the Energy Department.

      
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