Veterans groups are lashing out at the congressional budget deal for targeting military retirement accounts to help pay for spending increases.
Defense Department spokesman Col. Steve Warren said Wednesday that combat and hazard pay for U.S. forces overseas will continue with or without a Pentagon budget bill.
The vote on the Defense bill would occur under a suspension process.
But budget agreement requires veterans under 62 to pay more into their retirement accounts.
McConnell criticized Reid for pushing the Defense authorization bill without amendments.
They are trying to defuse anger over the move to rush through the $607 billion Defense bill.
The race is on to finish the Defense authorization bill.
Lawmakers won't have time to consider amendments if it is to be finished this week.
House, Senate members will present details of a final Defense authorization bill on Monday.
Defense hawks want end to sequester, but conservatives want cuts.