Senate approves defense bill despite Obama veto threat

Reuters News
Posted: Oct 07, 2015 2:57 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate approved legislation on Wednesday that would allow the military to avoid mandatory spending cuts, setting up a likely veto from President Barack Obama, who is pushing for a broader budget deal.

The $612 billion defense-policy bill gathered enough support to clear the Senate, as voting continued. The House of Representatives has already approved the measure.

Republicans are not expected to muster the two-thirds vote that would be needed to override Obama's veto.

(Reporting by Andy Sullivan)