Defense

Wednesday: Debate over Appropriations bills

The House will begin consideration of the $491 billion Defense appropriations bill. A multitude of amendments are expected, so a vote on final passage will not come until Thursday.

The Senate starts at 9:30 a.m. and will spend the day debating a "minibus" spending bill.

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Reid hopes VA bill moves ‘quickly’

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Wednesday that he hopes the Senate “quickly” votes on a bill that aims to fix dysfunctions within the Department of Veterans Affairs healthcare system by holding officials accountable and providing veterans with more choices.

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