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Bridget Johnson


December 21, 2012 - 1:33 pm
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Other senators voting against the defense authorization bill were Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), James Risch (R-Idaho), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), a member of the Armed Services Committee, said he was “happy” to see the bill pass.

“We faced hurdles in bringing this bill to the Senate floor, and I remain frustrated that it took so long to pass this bill so critical to the safety and livelihood of our servicemen and women and to the security of our country,” Portman said. “I am pleased that the Senate was finally able to push the bill over the finish line and ensure that our taxpayer dollars are spent wisely without compromising our national defense.”

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Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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