Garamendi's comments came as House members began an hourlong debate on a resolution governing consideration of 152 amendments to the NDAA. The rule was approved by the House Rules Committee Tuesday night, and Rep. Rob BishopRob BishopA guide to the committees: House Public lands dispute costs Utah a major trade show House votes to overturn Obama drilling rule MORE (R-Utah) said it makes more Democratic amendments than Republican amendments in order.

"Yup, you're welcome," Bishop said on the floor.

Nonetheless, Rep. James McGovern (D-Mass.) started his debate by pointing out various provisions of the NDAA that he opposes and saying the committee's decision to allow just 10 minutes of debate for each amendment is not enough time.

After approving the rule, the House is expected to debate amendments late into Wednesday night, with only brief interruptions to consider H.R. 1216, a bill reducing funding for a graduate health education program.