House Passes Defense Bill With Tough Sexual Assault Provisions

Source: Lucy Madison / CBS News

The House of Representatives on Friday passed a wide-ranging annual defense spending bill, authorizing appropriations for 2014 with an additional focus on the recent controversies surrounding sexual assault in the military.

The bill, which authorizes all manners of funds toward keeping the Defense Department functional for the 2014 fiscal year, passed in a bipartisan vote of 315-108.

It authorizes $638 billion in funding for the military, as well as for various costs associated with weapons, aircraft, ships and personnel.

In addition to those routine authorizations, however, the bill also cracks down on sexual assault in the military, an issue that has been under the microscope since a recent report revealed that there were 26,000 cases of military sexual assault in 2012.

To read this article in its entirety visit CBS News.