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djones520
12-15-2010, 02:08 PM
In a last ditch effort to save a crucial defense spending bill, known as the Defense Authorization Act, Fox has learned that the chairmen and Ranking Republicans on the House and Senate Armed Services Committee have agreed to strip out controversial items from the bill, including the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, federal money for abortions at military facilities, and money for an alternate engine for the F-35, a provision that engendered a White House veto threat.

"We have stripped out all the controversial language," Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., said Wednesday, adding that he is "confident" the bill will be considered in the lame duck session.

A senior Senate GOP aide tells Fox, "The (bipartisan group) all signed on to the slimmed down bill. We plan on putting out a statement soon."

The legislation must pass with the unanimous approval of every member in the Senate due to the abbreviated legislative calendar, a move that the chairman called "tough," but with the bipartisan approval of the top four members of the defense panels, the chance of passage increases.

Congress has, for 49 years, passed a defense authorization bill, a popular piece of legislation that contains a pay raise for troops, money for the Armed Services Retirement Home and the Defense Health Program, and funds for education and training, among many items.


http://politics.blogs.foxnews.com/2010/12/15/members-work-strip-controversial-items-defense-bill

PoliCon
12-15-2010, 02:32 PM
They need to pass a law requiring all amendments to a bill to be pertinent to the bill itself. A defense spending bill should not have amendments put in that have anything to do with Abortion or DATD or ANYTHING else besides defense spending. No more of this cram in shit. :mad:

djones520
12-15-2010, 02:34 PM
They need to pass a law requiring all amendments to a bill to be pertinent to the bill itself. A defense spending bill should not have amendments put in that have anything to do with Abortion or DATD or ANYTHING else besides defense spending. No more of this cram in shit. :mad:

The Abortion thing was for Military Facilities providing abortions. It was defense related. As was DADT, and the Jet Engines that they scrapped as well.

PoliCon
12-15-2010, 02:41 PM
The Abortion thing was for Military Facilities providing abortions. It was defense related. As was DADT, and the Jet Engines that they scrapped as well.

Abortion funding - fine. DATA is not a funding issue though.

djones520
12-15-2010, 02:45 PM
Abortion funding - fine. DATA is not a funding issue though.

Sure it is. We would need extra funding for training, increased EO staff, possible lodging, etc...

Allowing homosexuals to serve wouldn't be free. There'd be a lot that would have to take place with it, and it all costs money.

PoliCon
12-15-2010, 02:47 PM
Sure it is. We would need extra funding for training, increased EO staff, possible lodging, etc...

Allowing homosexuals to serve wouldn't be free. There'd be a lot that would have to take place with it, and it all costs money.

Baloney. Repeal it then fund the 'sensitivity training.'