The bill rejected many controversial Pentagon cost-cutting proposals.
130 U.S. advisers are already in Iraq helping local forces.
The combat ship is home to 500 Marines and a number of attack helicopters.
The Pentagon has been considering allowing some illegal immigrants to serve.
Durbin also wants the proposal expanded to include more illegal immigrants.
The bill rejected many of the Pentagon's requested cuts.
Declaring the takeover a “coup” could cut off U.S. aid to Thailand.
VA Secretary Shinseki met with chairman and top Democrat on Appropriations panel.
The move could benefit U.S. defense companies who could be awarded the contracts instead.
A 1997 law bars the U.S. from providing training to militaries accused of human rights violations.
The goal of the cuts was to fit spending under a defense budget ceiling of $521.3 billion.
House lawmakers on the Armed Services panel rejected specific cuts on Thursday.
The plan won't include money for Iraq unless Obama approves military action.
Lack of an immunity deal means 300 Iraq advisers can't advise just yet.
The danger of arms falling into the hands of terrorists is a real concern.
The bill includes language prohibiting the use of funds to transfer prisoners from Gitmo.
The measure is an alternative to one being pushed by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).
The Senate included no funding for the Afghanistan War.
The release of the memo could ease Senate confirmation of an Obama judicial nominee.
The House bill rejected most of the Pentagon's efforts to reduce spending.
The report found a "direct connection between sexual harassment and sexual assault."
“There’s some question as to whether this is the time for it to be offered,” says Levin.
The House Armed Services panel rejected many cuts called for by the Pentagon.
Pentagon says a new BRAC round is needed to cut excess infrastructure.