Defying Pentagon, House backs $601 billion defense bill that spares favored weapons

  • by: DONNA CASSATA , Associated Press
  • Updated: May 22, 2014 - 7:20 PM

WASHINGTON — The House defied the Pentagon on Thursday, overwhelmingly backing a $601 billion defense authorization bill that saves the Cold War-era U-2 spy plane, military bases and Navy cruisers despite warnings that it will undercut military readiness.

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