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House backs $675 billion spending bill to beef up U.S. military

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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (right) and FBI Director Christopher Wray (left) arrive to testify before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 28, 2018, on Justice Department and FBI actions around the 2016 presidential election.

WASHINGTON — The House has approved a $675 billion spending bill for the Defense Department that includes a 2.6 percent raise for the military.

Lawmakers approved the bill, 359-49, on Thursday. The vote sends the bill to the Senate, where the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a similar measure this week.

The House bill provides $146 billion for equipment and upgrades, including $22.7 billion for 12 Navy ships, two Virginia-class submarines and three fast-moving littoral combat ships.

The bill includes an amendment by Arizona Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego to bar the Pentagon from buying goods or services from Chinese telecommunications giants ZTE and Huawei. ZTE is accused of violating trade laws by selling sensitive technologies to North Korea and Iran. Huawei has ties to the Chinese government and is considered a security risk.

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