Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee Jack reedJack Reed Time to reform the antiquated and unbalanced military justice system Republican senators accuse Democrats of prioritizing social spending over the military Reforming marijuana laws before the holidays: A three-pronged approach MORE (DR.I.) tried several times Thursday night to reach an agreement to set a vote on a package of 18 amendments to a defense bill.
But one after one, seven Republican senators rose to block the deal unless their colleagues agreed to add their amendment to the package. Those Republican amendments included proposals related to the border wall, the Nord Stream pipeline, and the repeal of vaccine requirements for Defense Department contractors.
“We just proposed voting on 18 amendments, 3 of which are bipartisan and 8 of which are Republican-led amendments. We could start voting on them tonight. But, unfortunately, the other party will not agree. Or some the other side will not agree, “Senate Majority Leader Chuck schumerChuck Schumer Schumer: Emission Cuts’ Not Enough ‘Without Meeting White House Environmental Justice Standard Senators’ Personal Office Staff For Maximum Safety Clearance – Conclusion Report MORE (DN.Y.) said.
Advisers initially said early Friday that if they could not agree to vote on possible changes to the defense bill, they hoped senators would have to return to Capitol Hill on Friday to continue negotiations.
Democrats warned earlier this week that they could interrupt the Thanksgiving break to advance the bill.
But instead, senators, when leaving the Senate floor after the deadlock, said they didn’t expect the Senate to take another roll call vote until after the week-long Thanksgiving recess.
The Senate will meet again at 10 a.m. on Friday. But Sens. Kevin CramerKevin John Cramer Schumer and McConnell Discuss Debt Ceiling Defense and National Security Overnight: A New Plan to Treat Marines ‘Like Human Beings’ Republicans Pressure Milley on Perception of a Progressive Military Agenda MORE (RN.D.) and Tom carperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperManchin says he agrees with Biden’s spending vote this year Biden submits 2016 climate treaty to Senate for ratification EPA presents national recycling plan with target of 50 percent rate PLUS (D-Del.) Both said as they left the Capitol Thursday night that the Senate is expected to simply agree to begin debate on the defense bill with a voice vote on Friday, which means that the majority of Senators will not need to return to Congress. Capitol.
It is unclear what will happen to the potential amendment package for the defense bill that the leadership was hoping to reach before leaving for Thanksgiving break.
That package of amendments included votes on the priorities of both sides, including whether or not to add a repeal of the authorization of the 2002 Iraq war in the legislation. Senator Josh hawleyJoshua (Josh) David Hawley Rubio vows to delay Biden’s Chinese and Spanish ambassadorial candidates Congressional committee rejects partisanship to protect state votes The Republican Party delves into blocking Biden’s diplomatic elections MORE (R-Mo.) She was also about to get a vote on her push to remove language from the bill that requires women to register for selective service.
But the senator Dick durbinDick DurbinThe Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by ExxonMobil – House Democrats expect a big vote on Biden’s measure Democrats rush to uncover a shutdown strategy Democrats ponder the possibility of entering the Thanksgiving holiday Thanks in the middle of an accumulation MORE (D-Ill.), Who is the second Senate Democrat as the majority whip, suggested that voting on possible amendments to the defense bill could be over.
The Senate voted Wednesday for the defense bill to overcome an initial hurdle, but has yet to formally begin debate on it and has not been able to vote on any amendments.
“Well, they just threw the package away,” Durbin said.
Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnell Schumer, McConnell on Debt Ceiling On The Money – Biden Warns Oil Industry Trump gives McConnell an insulting ultimatum on Biden’s agenda MORE (R-Ky.) He indicated early Thursday that Republicans had several priorities on which they wanted to vote amendments, including lethal support for Ukraine and proposals related to the Biden administration’s withdrawal from Afghanistan.
“I am glad that we can finally have these debates and these votes. The United States needs a course correction and the Senate must provide it, “he said.