Senate Recess Leaves Little Time To Complete Defense Bill

Law360, New York (November 22, 2013, 4:06 PM EST) -- The U.S. Senate recessed Thursday after a contentious vote on filibuster reform, leaving little time to amend and pass the annual defense policy bill when both chambers return to work in December.

The time squeeze threatens high-profile amendments like competing reforms to combat sexual assault in the military, and proposed changes to the way the federal government buys information technology services and products. It also threatens Congress' 51-year track record of passing a National Defense Authorization Act every year, although Democratic and Republican leaders in both...
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