Political and Legislative

Defense Bill That Has Passed 62 Years in a Row Faces Partisan Minefields in Senate and House

The annual Defense authorization bill, which has passed on time 62 years in a row, is getting bogged down in battles over issues ranging from abortion to the government’s surveillance authority, threatening to derail its prospects of passing Congress before Christmas.

With a battle over the annual spending bills postponed until January, the National Defense Authorization Act is one of the few must-pass spending bills left on the agenda. But it’s in real danger of getting stuck.

Senate and House conservatives are warning congressional leaders not to add a short-term surveillance authorization to the bill, and they are demanding it include significant military policy reforms.

Read the source article at The Hill

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