H.R.5136: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011
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The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 authorizes appropriations for the Department of Defense for the Fiscal Year of 2011. It authorizes $567 billion in the budget for the Department of Defense and the national security programs of the Department of Energy. Additionally, the bill authorizes $159 billion for overseas operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and humanitarian efforts for Haiti relief. There is an amendment, introduced by Rep. Patrick Murphy(D-PA) to the bill that would end the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy regarding homosexuals in the military service.  This repeal has been supported by President Obama, however, because this amendment is attached to an item that continues a program that funnel funds to General Electric and Rolls Royce to create an alternate engine for the F-35 Joint Striker Fighter jet, the Obama Administration have threatened to veto this bill, meaning the continued implementation of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy in the military.