Defense-minded lawmakers are torn over decision to include military retirement benefit cuts in the congressional budget deal.
The announcement gives the administration crucial breathing room.
The agreement has been slammed by veterans and service organization groups.
The State Department said it is still committed to "vigorously enforcing" sanctions.
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.
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.
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.