The legislation calls for spending $11.6 billion on the development of Afghan security forces, and $1.5 billion for Iraqi security forces.
The bill also would continue restrictions on the Defense Department’s ability to close Guantanamo Bay. That includes prohibiting the transfer of detainees to the U.S.
In a related development, Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) secured an agreement from Chairman Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) of the Senate Armed Services Committee to hold a hearing on the mix-up in the competition for a new Air Force tanker. Levin said a January hearing will look into the incident. Rival companies Boeing and EADS were sent confidential information on each other’s bids.
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