Republicans threaten to prevent the Senate from adopting a massive defense bill as the House heads into a Thanksgiving recess.
The Senate was expected to vote Wednesday to advance the bill to the full Senate, allowing them to begin debate as early as Thursday.
Instead, Senate Majority Leader Charles schumerChuck Schumer Bottom line, Christie: Trump’s rhetoric on the stolen elections led to the January 6 attack Senate Republicans ask colleagues to reject public spending bills without border wall funding MORE (DN.Y.) delayed the vote with Republicans warning they could block the bill amid a rejection of Schumer’s decision to add an anti-China competitiveness measure to the broader defense package.
“We are not ready for a motion to proceed,” the Senator said. James InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain Inhofe An independent commission should review our National Defense Strategy It’s time to review China’s outdated and unbalanced military justice system sparks growing fears in the US military MORE (R-Okla.), The top Republican on the Armed Services Committee. “I think Democrats should encourage him not to include China’s bill.”
Inhofe said the inclusion of competitiveness legislation was the stumbling block. When asked if Republicans would block debate on the bill, Inhofe added, “Yes.”
Its. John thuneJohn Randolph ThuneSchumer: It’s ‘Time’ To Revoke Iraq War Resolution Republicans See Trump Weaken As Democratic Talker Gingrich Endorses Herschel Walker In Georgia Senate Race MORE (RS.D.), the No. 2 Republican, added that Inhofe “has voiced his objections.”
“I suspect that will be where the conference will take place,” Thune said. “Because they are adding things … to the so-called four corner agreement on the defense bill and they are trying to include this without consulting or working with Inhofe or others, I suspect we would override the motion to continue. “
Schumer announced Tuesday that it would include China’s competitiveness bill in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
The Republican agitation over the inclusion of Schumer in the bill has several fronts.
Some Republicans are opposed to including Chinese legislation, which was approved by the Senate earlier this year but stalled in the House, in the defense bill.
Part of the frustration, according to attendees, is that Republicans on the Appropriations Committee say they were not consulted about including a bill under their jurisdiction in the defense bill, which authorizes but does not allocate money.
Republican senators also say Schumer is trying to remove trade language from Chinese legislation that was negotiated earlier this year with the senator. Mike crapoMichael (Mike) Dean Crapo Republican senators request military aid for Taiwan amid pressure from China Democrats, narrow scope of IRS proposal amid Republican attacks. (R-Idaho). Republicans threatened to block Chinese legislation earlier this year until Crapo and Schumer reached an agreement on the inclusion of business language.
Thune noted that Republicans “fought hard” to get Crapo’s trade language included in China’s legislation earlier this year, but “Schumer is trying to remove it now and that’s not something our guys are going to support.”
“If you remove the trade package … then it will start bleeding Republicans in a hurry,” Thune said.
Crapo added that he does not believe that the commercial language struggle is “the only obstacle, but it is one of the complexes.”
Crapo added that Schumer had spoken and did not believe that he personally had a problem with his language in China, but was responding to a possible setback in the House.
“Senator Schumer has no objection to business language, but I think there are objections in the House,” Crapo said.
Spokesmen for Schumer did not respond to questions on the Crapo issue.
President of the Armed Services of the Chamber Adam smithDavid (Adam) Adam Smith Congress moves toward end-of-the-year chaos Time to review the antiquated and unbalanced military justice system Reforming marijuana laws before the holidays: a three-pronged approach MORE (D-Wash.) He warned that adding China’s legislation to the NDAA could slow down the defense bill.
“It’s important legislation and if we can do it, that would be great,” Smith said. Defense news. “But it’s also very big and very complicated legislation with a lot of committee chairs who are interested in one way or another.”