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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 29: An American flag waves outside the United States Capitol building as Congress remains gridlocked over legislation to continue funding the federal government September 29, 2013 in Washington, DC. The House of Representatives passed a continuing resolution with language to defund U.S. President Barack Obama's national health care plan yesterday, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has indicated the U.S. Senate will not consider the legislation as passed by the House. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
An American flag waves outside the United States Capitol on September 29, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Senate approves defense bill, defies White House veto threat

Defying a White House veto threat, the Senate voted decisively Tuesday to approve a defense policy bill that authorizes $602 billion in military spending, bars shuttering the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and denies the Pentagon's bid to start a new round of military base closings.

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Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., joined by, from left, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., and Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., leave a closed-door GOP policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 24, 2016. The Senate is taking up the massive 2017 defense budget this week and McCain wants to increase military spending despite federal budget caps. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
A group of senators leave a closed-door GOP policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 24, 2016.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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GOP senators attack top Democrat for defense bill delay

Republicans angrily denounced the Senate's top Democrat Wednesday for delaying debate on defense policy legislation, calling Sen. Harry Reid's leadership "cancerous" and saying he was holding up the $602 billion bill to preserve his "sad, sorry legacy."

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President Barack Obama (Getty Images)
President Barack Obama (Getty Images)
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Obama Signs Defense Bill, But Criticizes Provision

President Barack Obama has signed the $633 billion defense bill into law, but has criticized one of its provisions protecting conscience rights.

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