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Carl Levin: Senate to Vote on Defense Authorization Bill This Week

Sen. Carl Levin
Sen. Carl Levin

Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) expects the Senate to begin deliberation on the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2015 this week after its passage in the House on Thursday, The Hill reported Monday.

Martin Matishak writes that Levin, the Senate Armed Services Committee chairman, told reporters that the Senate could take up the bill late Tuesday.

The proposed $585 billion legislation could face 30 hours of debate and one cloture motion to begin a full Senate vote, although an objection could delay a vote until later this week, the report said.

Matishak reports that Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), SASC ranking member, has said that he expects an objection from some members of the Senate.

The defense authorization bill would provide funds for Defense Department programs over the fiscal year.

Levin has been working with Inhofe to expedite the process for the 2015 NDAA to pass a negotiated version of the bill before the end of December.

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