Senate Adopts FY 2011 Defense Authorization Bill

Senators have passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 (H.R. 6523) by unanimous consent.  The House bill was modified by way of a Senate amendment, requiring further House action before it can be sent to the President.

Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) and Ranking Member John McCain (R-AZ) worked hard to add and remove enough items in the legislation to get it passed before a rapidly closing session came to an end.

Senator McCain, for his part, said on the floor that all previously “controversial aspects” of the bill had been removed.

According to the AP, the measure “authorizes the Pentagon to spend nearly $160 billion on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan this budget year without major restrictions on the conduct of operations.”

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