Today on the Hill: Senate Wraps Up June With NDAA Amendment Vote

The Senate reconvened early this morning following passage (86-8) of its version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The upper chamber used an unusual procedure to pass the $750 billion bill, allowing for a vote on a Democratic amendment that would restrict military authorization against Iran that would be retroactively added to the measure if it passes today. However, the provision is subject to a 60-vote threshold and is likely to fail.

Meanwhile, House lawmakers have adjourned for the Independence Day district work period following a contentious intraparty spat over a bill that would provide additional funding for humanitarian assistance at the U.S.-Mexico border. House Democratic leadership begrudgingly brought the Senate-passed bill to the floor after centrist Democrats threatened to vote against a substitute amendment that would have tacked on stringent nutrition and oversight provisions. The supplemental easily passed the House yesterday, and now sits on President Donald Trump’s desk for signature.