Ships, aircraft and the Space Corps: Senate preps for defense policy bill debate

September 11, 2017

The Washington Examiner:

NDAA GETS TEED UP: The Senate is set to take a procedural vote on the National Defense Authorization Act this evening, potentially clearing the way for the annual policy bill to be considered this week. Debates over war authorizations, military base closures, and more Navy Ships are all possible. Hundreds of proposed amendments have been filed by senators, including Sen. Rand Paul, who are hoping their issues will get a vote when Sen. John McCain, the Armed Services chairman, shepherds the must-pass NDAA through the gauntlet of floor debate to final passage.

Paul’s two amendments could be particularly important. They deal with indefinite detention of enemy combatants and repeal of war authorizations. When McCain returned to Washington in July following his brain cancer diagnosis and tried to bring the NDAA to the floor for a vote, Paul blocked the move amid a dispute over whether his amendments would be considered. “Sen. Paul remains committed to including his two bipartisan amendments when the debate starts on NDAA,” his spokesman Sergio Gorsaid Friday…

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