Massive defense bill approved by U.S. Senate, but deep partisan divide with House looms

By: - August 1, 2023 4:30 am

U.S. Navy Lt. Kristin Hope, from Ogden, Utah, signals to launch an F/A-18E Super Hornet from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 from the flight deck aboard the Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) during flight operations in the East China Sea, Aug. 22, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Janweb B. Lagazo)

WASHINGTON — U.S. senators avoided a heated partisan split as they passed the massive annual defense policy package late last week — in stark contrast to the GOP-led House version, in which far-right members included language to restrict abortion access and transgender care for service members.

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Ashley Murray
Ashley Murray

Ashley Murray covers the nation’s capital as a senior reporter for States Newsroom. Her coverage areas include domestic policy and appropriations.