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Senate approves $700 billion military bill

When John McCain was a presidential candidate at a rally in Nevada in 2008. Photo: Isaac Brekken / AP

The Senate has approved a bill (89-8) that authorizes $700 billion in military spending, per the AP. It would allocate $640 billion to core Pentagon ops and $60 billion to wartime missions.

Some key points:

  • In response to the North Korean threat, it would expand missile defense systems from 40 interceptors to 58, using $8.5 billion.
  • The amendment that would have invalidated Trump's proposed ban on transgender service members did not make it in.
  • It wouldn't close any military bases, as Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he wanted to do.

Up next: A joint House-Senate conference over priorities and differences of opinion.