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U.S. Republican senators bring defense bill into social spending debate -Breaking


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WASHINGTON (Reuters] – Republican U.S. Senators requested Tuesday’s Senate vote on National Defense Authorization Act. The senators claimed the Senate failed to pass the bill because Democrats had been focusing too much on climate change issues and social programs.

A wide range of industries and interests closely monitor the NDAA. It determines everything, from what ships can be bought to who pays soldiers to how they address geopolitical risks.

It is an honor for lawmakers to see the legislation become law each year since 1961. They say that it represents their support of the military. It is the only major bill that becomes law each year. They also use it to pass legislation on everything from cyber policy to competition with China.

Sen. Jim Inhofe (top Republican on Senate Armed Services Committee) said that “we are in the most danger we’ve ever been” and blasted Senate Democrats for not scheduling a vote.

Representatives for Senator Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, and Chairman of the Armed Services Committee Jack Reed didn’t immediately respond to inquiries for comment.

President Joe Biden and his fellow Democrats have been focused on passing two major bills, one expanding social programs and addressing climate change, and another on strengthening U.S. infrastructure.

In September, the House approved its NDAA. The Senate would approve its version. After that, they would send the measure to conference to resolve differences and vote before final approval in the Senate.

Despite this being a later Senate vote than usual, the NDAA had survived many obstacles before. Trump, an ex-Republican President, rejected it last December mainly because it included a provision that removed the Confederate names from U.S. military bases.

In January, the veto was abolished.

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