There does not appear to be any objection among House Republican leadership to passing the bill as it was agreed to by the House and Senate Armed Services committees.
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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Martin Dempsey said negotiations on the U.S.-Afghan security agreement are over, and the pact will not be changed.
The Topline: The plan from defense lawmakers to quickly pass a Defense authorization bill in the House and Senate is running into resistance from Senate Republicans.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) criticized...
"At this point I would not attach a lot of importance to it," Ambassador James Dobbins, U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, told the Senate Foreign Relations panel on Tuesday.
Washington's top diplomat in Afghanistan told Congress that President Hamid Karzai is playing a dangerous game in stonewalling a postwar pact, reiterating the Obama administration remains willing to pull all forces out of the country next year.
Kerry looks like he would win his fight for no new sanctions, at least for now.
The Afghan-Iran deal represents a "long-term friendship and cooperation pact" with Iran that "will be for long-term political, security, economic and cultural cooperation, regional peace," Karzai's spokesman Aimal Faizi.
The pact comes as the Karzai administration continues to stonewall White House and Pentagon efforts to lock in a postwar deal with Afghanistan.
Panels move to rush through a $607 billion Pentagon spending bill without amendments.
The bill does have provisions to overhaul how the military handles sexual assault cases.