Senate Begins Debating Defence Policy Bill, Including Sweeping War Authorisations

The US Senate on 11 September began debating the fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) national defense authorisation bill, taking a late but important step in advancing the defence policy legislation. This year’s bill includes hundreds of amendments. Republican Rand Paul earlier this year blocked the legislation from a ‘fast track’ debate to ensure the...

The US Senate on 11 September began debating the fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) national defense authorisation bill, taking a late but important step in advancing the defence policy legislation.

This year’s bill includes hundreds of amendments. Republican Rand Paul earlier this year blocked the legislation from a ‘fast track’ debate to ensure the Senate would consider specific amendments, one of which is to repeal the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMFs) – the legal authority that underpins many ongoing US military campaigns.

House Republican leaders prevented consideration of a similar amendment to the House’s version of the FY 2018 spending bill.

Source: www.janes.com