The Senate has voted to pass the $559.2 billion negotiated version of the defense authorization bill for fiscal year 2015, appropriating $495.5 billion forÂ Defense Department base funds and $63.7 billion in war funds, Defense News reported Friday.
John Bennett writes that the bill, if signed by President Barack Obama, will stop the retirement of the U.S. Air Force‘s A-10 fleet andÂ fund the training of Syrian forces to counter the Islamic State group.
“[This] compromise bill, at the request of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, takes the first, needed steps in the area of benefits reform in order to help protect the readiness of our forces to carry out their missions,” Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in a statement.
The Senate and House Armed Services CommitteesÂ held closed-door talks earlier thisÂ year to reachÂ a compromise onÂ the 2015Â National Defense Authorization Act after it was stalled in Congress.
The upper chamber voted 89-11 to sendÂ the bill to the White House, the report said.
Bennett reports that the billÂ includesÂ prohibitions on A-10Â flying hoursÂ and helicopter retirements for fiscalÂ 2015, a $350 million budgetÂ for A-10 operations and maintenance and $1.6 billion to train andÂ arm Iraqi soldiers.