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WASHINGTON, DC - May 01: Senate Armed Services senior Republican Sen. John W. Warner, R-Va., and Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., during a news conference on the defense authorization bill. The Senate's newly drafted defense authorization bill would authorize $612.5 billion in fiscal 2009, including $70 billion for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Armed Services Committee said in a statement Thursday. The measure, which the panel approved Wednesday evening, would authorize a 3.9 percent pay raise for U.S. military personnel, a half percentage point more than President Bush sought in his budget request. It does not include $1.2 billion in proposed increases in health care deductibles, copayments and fees in the military's Tricare network. (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly)

WASHINGTON, DC - May 01: Senate Armed Services senior Republican Sen. John W. Warner, R-Va., and Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., during a news conference on the defense authorization bill. The Senate's newly drafted defense authorization bill would authorize $612.5 billion in fiscal 2009, including $70 billion for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Armed Services Committee said in a statement Thursday. The measure, which the panel approved Wednesday evening, would authorize a 3.9...
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