The bill is widely expected to pass now that it has gotten through a multitude of obstacles to get the bill on the floor and to satisfy initial objections from Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.).
Levin and McCain are still “clearing” amendments that both sides can agree to, and they still have a manager’s package of amendments to pass.
The defense authorization bill is a wide-ranging Pentagon policy bill that authorizes $631 billion in defense spending.
When the bill passes, it will head to a House-Senate conference committee to iron out the differences between the two chambers’ bills.
—Carlo Muñoz contributed.