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Leahy, Sanders split on Pentagon bill

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The U.S. Senate gave final congressional approval late Thursday night to fund the defense department, sending it to President Obama.

The Senate voted 84-15 in favor of a more than $633 billion defense bill that covers everything military, from new combat ships and aircraft, to base operations and troops. It includes a 1 percent pay raise for military personnel.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, voted against the bill.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, voted for the bill. He made special note of provisions in the bill aimed at closing the prison at the U.S. base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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