WASHINGTON: ‘ SENATOR SAYS IT WOULD BE UNTHINKABLE FOR LAWMAKERS NOT TO PASS DEFENCE BILL ‘
#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – Nov.23 – A key Senator said it would be “unthinkable” for House and Senate lawmakers not to pass a defence authorization bill.
“It’d be unthinkable to me that we not pass a bill,” Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) told The Hill.
While “there’s always a danger” that differences between negotiators could torpedo a joint bill, the retiring lawmaker said, that would be a “real tragedy, I think, for our troops, and it’d be irresponsible to let that happen.”
Negotiations are stalled on Pentagon proposals that would have service members pay more for healthcare and housing. House lawmakers threw out the suggestions in their draft of the bill, while Senators kept them in their version.
Levin said there are still “a few issues not resolved as of this time” but would not elaborate.
“We’re getting closer if only because we’re getting closer to the end of the week,” he said, adding it was still his hope that a finalized measure could be rolled out and passed by both chambers the first week of December.