By a 255-152 vote, the House passed and sent to conference with the Senate a fiscal 1987 defense spending bill that makes major changes in the Administration's agenda for military spending and arms control. President Reagan finds the bill so objectionable that he has threatened to veto it unless the conference committee brings it into line with his hawkish program for continued Pentagon buildup. In conference, it will be blended with a Senate version that is more to his liking.
The House bill (HR 4428) authorizes $287 billion in Pentagon spending, $33 billion less than Reagan's request and $8 billion less than the Senate-approved figure.
It defies Reagan by deeply cutting his funding request for the experimental "Star Wars" missile defense system, delaying the planned production of binary nerve gas weaponry, freezing nuclear testing provided the Soviets do the same with adequate verification, continuing a ban on testing anti-satellite weapons in space and requiring the Administration to continue obeying key parts of the unratified SALT II U.S.-Soviet arms control treaty.
Members voting yes favored the defense bill despite Reagan's strong opposition to it.
How They Voted Yea Nay No vote Rep. Anderson (D) x Rep. Dornan (R) x Rep. Dreier (R) x Rep. Dymally (D) x Rep. Hawkins (D) x Rep. Martinez (D) x Rep. Torres (D) x