by Michael Cochrane
Posted 12/08/14, 02:31 pm
In an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote last week, the House of Representatives approved a $585 billion defense spending bill that expands support for Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S. military campaign against Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria.
The 300-119 vote authorized $5 billion for increased air strikes and the deployment of up to 1,500 more American troops. The House bill also reauthorizes legislation that would extend for another two years the Pentagon’s authority to train and equip moderate rebels battling the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.