House lawmakers are set to dive into a second day of work on the lower chamber’s version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). As of yesterday, over 100 amendments have been adopted to the $733 billion bill as progressives seek to tack on their big-ticket measures that would: (1) restrict the use of military force on Iran without Congressional authorization; (2) reduce the bill’s price tag by $17 billion; (3) block the sale of arms to Saudia Arabia; and (4) prevent the Trump administration from deploying troops to the U.S.-Mexico border. Final passage of the House NDAA is expected tomorrow on a largely party-line vote.
In the upper chamber, Senators will look to clear three executive branch nominees. This includes the nominations of Robert King to be Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education at the Department of Education, John Pallash to be an Assistant Secretary of Labor, and Peter Wright to be an Assistant Administrator for the Office of Solid Waste at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).