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Sen. Carl Levin: Lawmakers to Approve ‘Pre-Conferenced’ Defense Spending Bill

Sen.Carl Levin
Sen.Carl Levin

Sen. Carl Levin expects the Senate and House Armed Services committees to pass a “pre-conferenced” version of the National Defense Authorization Act before the end of the calendar year, Defense News reported Wednesday.

John Bennett writes that Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said that the Senate may not have enough time to pass its version of the bill, confer with Congress and create a compromise bill during the “lame duck” session.

Levin said this would mean a repeat of last year, when the committees instead held a closed-door session to push through a negotiated version.

Levin said that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has asked him to work with SASC Ranking Member James Inhofe “to come up with a [unanimous consent motion] which has a limited number of relevant amendments.”

Bennett writes that this could expedite the fiscal year 2015 NDAA process even with a pre-conferenced bill version.

“Our staff [is] going through the process of identifying all the differences … and making recommendations to members of the House,” Levin said.

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