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Senate Defense Bill

From left to right, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., rush to the chamber during a procedural vote on a comprehensive defense bill which would provide $552.1 billion for the regular military budget and $80.7 billion for the war in Afghanistan and other overseas operations, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013. The bill also seeks to crack down on sexual assault in the military and add protections for victims. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)