In this photo taken Dec. 3, 2014, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif., and Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., the ranking member, left, go before the House Rules Committee for final amendments on the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The House is expected to vote Thursday on a $585 billion defense policy bill that gives President Barack Obama the authority to expand U.S. military operations against Islamic extremists in Iraq and Syria. It also maintains the prohibition on transferring terror suspects from the federal prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the United States. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)