In addition to the major vote on the Ryan-Murray Budget deal, the House could possibly take up the NDAA FY2014 tomorrow.
From The Hill:
The Topline: Step 1 of the House-Senate two-step to complete the Defense authorization bill could be wrapped up as early as Thursday.
The House could vote on the Defense bill on Thursday, according to multiple House aides; if not, they will do it on Friday, before the lower chamber adjourns for the year.
Aides said they expect the measure will be taken up under a suspension process that allows the House to quickly consider bills considered noncontroversial and requires a two-thirds majority.
There does not appear to be any objection among House Republican leadership to passing the bill as it was agreed to by the House and Senate Armed Services Committees.
It’s a different story in the Senate, however, where multiple Republicans have slammed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) for wanting to push the bill through without any more amendment votes.
Republicans had filibustered the bill before Thanksgiving when it was on the Senate floor over a dispute about getting amendment votes, and now Armed Services leaders say there isn’t time to consider any amendments with the House adjourning on Friday.
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and his House counterpart, Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), argue that Defense authorization bill, which has been enacted for 51 straight years, must pass this year.
It will get drowned out in the crowded legislative calendar next year, they say, and there are several provisions like special pay and bonuses for troops that expire at the end of the year.
The Senate is expected to take up the Defense bill next week. It will be subject to amendments — unlike a formal conference report — meaning any senator could object if Reid moves to pass the bill, prompting a cloture vote.
LLPH opposes this current NDAA which makes no changes to the past NDAA’s indefinite detention provisions and authorizes too much spending. We will likely score this vote in our scorecard.