House approves Space Force and family leave for federal workers

The House on Wednesday passed a $738 billion defense policy bill that authorizes the creation of a Space Force as the sixth branch of the military, and gives federal workers 12 weeks of paid parental leave.

The bill, which passed 377-48, also gives troops a three percent pay raise.

The House passed a version of the bill in July, and negotiators spent the last several months working out details and making concessions.

The compromise bill does not include any provisions related to President Trump’s border wall, and also drops several items touted by progressive Democrats, including blocking Trump from taking military action against Iran and banning the sale of certain munitions to Saudi Arabia.

The bill still has to pass in the Senate, but Trump has said he will sign it.

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