Senators stack up amendments for McCain defense bill debate

Washington Examiner | 9/8/2017 | Travis J. Tritten
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Debates over war authorizations, military base closures, and more Navy ships are all possible next week when the Senate's annual defense authorization bill is expected to hit the chamber floor.

Hundreds of proposed amendments have been filed by senators, including Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who are hoping their issues will get a vote when Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., shepherds the must-pass National Defense Authorization Act through the gauntlet of floor debate to final passage.

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Paul's two amendments, dealing with indefinite detention of enemy combatants and repeal of war authorizations, could be the first hurdle when the NDAA faces a procedural vote Monday that will determine whether it moves on to a floor debate.

When McCain returned to Washington in July following his brain cancer diagnosis, Paul blocked his attempt to bring the defense bill to the floor amid a dispute over whether the amendments would be considered.

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"Sen. Paul remains committed to including his two bipartisan amendments when the debate starts on NDAA," his spokesman Sergio Gor said Friday.

Talks over the amendments are ongoing, according to a source close to the discussions.

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One of Paul's amendments would repeal authorizations for the use of military force that were passed after Sept. 11 and before the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and have been used as a legal basis for the past three administrations to wage military operations against terrorist groups around the world.

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., has proposed a similar amendment that would cause the war authorization passed after Sept. 11 for...
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