Also by voice-vote, members approved S. 1379, the D.C. Courts and Public Defender Service Act. This bill gives the D.C. court system more flexibility, for example, by allowing it to hold biennial instead of annual conferences. It also allows the D.C. courts to be reimbursed for some expenses.

When the House returns later in the morning, it will debate a motion to go to conference with the Senate on the NDAA, as well as a Democratic motion to instruct conferees.