Kaine, McCain (UC)

National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 1735)

Senator Kaine: (12:14 PM)

  • Spoke on the National Defense Authorization Act.
    • "I rise to say that the amendment that my colleague from Rhode Island, our ranking member, proposes does exactly that. It does exactly that. It takes the $38 billion that is in our budget which I believe should be spent on defense, and it says this money should be spent on defense but it should be spent the right way as part of the base budget, not as part of O.C.O. It puts a fence around those dollars and says the money should there and is there for defense because the nation needs it but defense will keep the moneys from being utilized until we fix the B.C.A. caps on defense and nondefense accounts. And if we do fix the B.C.A. caps, that money will be available and because of language included by the chair of the committee in the mark, fixing the budget caps would move the money from the O.C.O. account into the defense base budget where it should be."


Senator McCain: (12:24 PM)

  • Unanimous Consent –
  • At 1:45 PM, the Senate vote on the following amendments to H.R 1735, the National Defense Authorization Act:
  1. Shaheen Amendment #1494 (spouse definition); and
  2. Tills Amendment #1506 (c-130 aircraft).
  • There be no second-degree amendments in order to any of these amendments.
  • The Shaheen amendment be subject to a 60 affirmative vote threshold.
  • (Without objection)