House Passes Base Closure Bill

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A White House statement indicated President Bush will veto any bill that delays shutting down bases.

Supporters say the $422 billion defense bill is meant to secure the country's military strength and win the Iraqi war.

The Pentagon maintains there's better than a 20 percent excess base capacity that would save billions of dollars if closed.

But opponents say it's bad timing with the war in Iraq continuing.

Among the amendments defeated Thursday was a Democrat move calling for a select committee to investigate prisoner abuse in Iraq.

The Senate debated the defense bill but put off a final vote until after the upcoming Memorial Day recess.

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