Roughly 300 jobs at March Air Reserve Base got an extra layer of protection as part of a massive defense spending bill passed by the House of Representatives on Wednesday, Dec. 11.

The final version of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, crafted in a conference committee of senators and House members, requires a report and a two-month delay before the Pentagon can move any Defense Media Activity jobs from March, one of the Inland Empire’s largest employers.

The bill also includes provisions sought by Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert, to ban open-air burn pits used by the military to incinerate trash in Iraq and Afghanistan and help veterans from those wars who blame burn-pit exposure for their illnesses.

The revised $735 billion bill is

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