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Congress ends months of debate, passes $662b defense bill

Provisions over terrorism suspects delayed measure

By Donna Cassata
Associated Press / December 16, 2011
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Congress passed a massive $662 billion defense bill yesterday after months of wrangling over how to handle captured terrorist suspects without violating Americans’ constitutional rights. A last-minute compromise produced a truce but lawmakers said the fight’s not over. The Senate voted 86-13 for the measure and will send it to President Obama for his signature

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