National Defense Authorization Act
The 78-21 vote would codify the policy in law.
The measure was cheered by human rights advocates.
Bob Hale served as Obama's Pentagon comptroller until last year.
House Democratic leaders had urged members to oppose the spending bill.
The opposition comes hours before the House takes up the bill on the floor.
The legislation passed 89-11, and now heads to President Obama's desk.
Republicans blocked Gillibrand's attempt to bring up her legislation.
The senators said “it would be a disaster” not to pass the House Defense bill.
He filed cloture on motion to concur with House-passed bill authorizing Pentagon spending.
It's crunch time as Congress has only a few days to avoid a government shutdown.
Some conservative lawmakers and outside groups are pushing back against a defense bill because of...
McKeon pleaded with Congress to avert military sequestration cuts.
Trade and defense policy will dominate Capitol Hill.
Sen. Ben Cardin says he will vote for the amendment.
A new position for hostage issues raises policy questions and comes with operational risks.
"That must be what the Speaker of the House feels like with his nativist wing," Gutiérrez said.
Rep. Steve King opposes allowing illegal immigrants to serve in the military.
GOP senators objected to the inclusion of an unrelated lands package in the NDAA.
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) blasted unrelated land use measures.
The House will vote to extend the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, while the Senate debates the...
Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) said the NDAA was put on the House floor without enough time to...
Secretary Jewell criticized a land swap deal that would threaten sacred American Indian land.
The legislation now heads to the Senate, where it is expected to be approved next week.
The House will take a symbolic vote disapproving of President Obama's executive order on...