Defense bill heads to Obama's desk

Congress sent President Obama a $607 billion defense policy bill Tuesday that bans moving Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States — something Obama has been trying to do since he was sworn in as president.

The Senate's 91-3 vote gave final legislative approval to the measure. The House passed it last week, 370-58.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Obama will sign the bill. Earnest said that the president's decision does not change his views on the prison.

Among other things, the bill would:

• Provide a 1.3 percent pay increase to service members and a new retirement option for troops.

• Authorize lethal assistance to Ukraine's forces.

• Extend a ban on torture to the CIA.

• Authorize Obama's request for $715 million to help Iraqi forces fight ISIL.

Associated Press