House Passes Defense Budget for 2012

By a vote of 322-96, the House passed H.R. 1540,  the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 with a budget of $690 billion, $15 billion less than that appropriated for 2011.

Significant amendments are as follows:

Amendment 27 to preclude an executive agency from requiring an entity submitting an offer for a Federal contract to disclose political contributions as a condition of participation. Amendment 38 to require that the rules of engagement allow any military service personnel to proactively defend themselves from hostile actions. Amendment 39 indicating that the deployment of National Guard personnel along the southwestern border should continue through the end of fiscal year 2011. Amendment 40 to repeal the establishment of the National Drug Intelligence Center. Amendment 43 to require all foreign terrorists be considered enemy combatants to be tried by military tribunals, not in the civilian court system. Amendment 61 barring the presence of Members of the Armed Forces or private security contractors on the ground in Libya. Amendment 152 to repeal the establishment of the United States Institute of Peace.

Ninety-five Democrats voted with 227 Republicans for the measure, and six Republicans (Amash (MI-3), Campbell (CA-48), Chaffetz (UT-3), Duncan (TN-2), McClintock (CA-4), and Paul (TX-14)) joined with ninety Democrats against the bill.

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