National defense bill clears hurdle, setting stage for final vote possibly this week

September 12, 2017


The Senate took up the National Defense Authorization Act on Monday evening, passing a motion that lets the legislation proceed and consideration of several controversial amendments.

However, Kentucky Republican Rand Paul was one of those who opposed the motion and Monday threatened to slow passage of the NDAA and amendments.

One of the amendments under consideration in the Senate would revive the idea of another round of base closings. In July, the House rejected an attempt to allow a new round of base closings, which the Pentagon has sought as a way to save about $2 billion annually, or $20 billion over 10 years.

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