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Republican Sen. Toomey Holds Up $716B Defense Policy Bill

Republican Sen. Toomey Holds Up $716B Defense Policy Bill
Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa. (AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 06 June 2018 02:32 PM

Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., on Wednesday forced a delay in the Senate vote to approve the chamber's $716 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2019, the Washington Examiner reports.

Toomey's objection and the procedural machinations it forces could delay the vote until next week.

Toomey, seeks an amendment that would allow a vote to restrict foreign investment in the U.S. by China and others that could pose national security threats, the Examiner reports.

"I hope this is just going to be a speed bump on the way to getting on to the NDAA because that is very important legislation that I want to get on to," the Examiner quoted Toomey. "That's all I'm looking for is to have a vote on my germane amendment."

Toomey's objection was not received well by his own side of the aisle.

"One of the things I really don't like about the procedure is one person, any one person, Democrat or Republican, can object . . . and cause us to have to file cloture," the Examiner quoted Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., senior Republican on the Armed Services Committee in Sen. John McCain's, R-Ariz., absence.

The House passed its version of the NDAA overwhelmingly two weeks ago, setting up a conference between the two chambers to hammer out differences and pass a unified bill.  

"We encourage (the House of Representatives') colleagues in the U.S. Senate to effectively debate and pass a version that can be reconciled in conference without the specter of political showmanship and onto the desk of the President to sign," read a statement from the National Defense Industrial Association.

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The Senate vote to approve the chamber's $716 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2019 has been forced into a delay by the objection of Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., on Wednesday, the Washington Examiner reports.
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