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Pentagon Policy Bill Held Up in Senate Committee

Carl LevinMembers of the Senate Armed Services Committee have moved to oppose the Defense Department spending bill as debates over legislative amendments continue, Defense News reported Sunday.

John Bennett writes the National Defense Authorization Act mandates nearly $522 billion in base defense funding for fiscal 2014 and $80 billion for worldwide operations, in addition to weapons provisions and reporting requirements.

Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., committee chairman, recently told reporters the bill is at risk due to differing stands on which amendments to carry forward, according to the report.

Levin, Ranking Member James Inhofe (R-Okla.) and other senior officials deliberated how to address those amendments following the deferment of the NDAA, the report says.

Levin also told reporters the committee had 50 amendments ready for voting and that Inhofe recently handed approximately 20 additional amendments from other senators, Defense News reports.

Bennett writes the NDAA is scheduled for another hearing next week.

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