Reid promises he'll allow an open amendment process on Defense Authorization bill

“This is something we have to do now because it changes policy for our fighting men and women around the world,” Reid said Wednesday night after the Senate failed to advance the Cybersecurity Act. “We’re going to move to the bill.”

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The Defense Authorization Act funds U.S. military operations. Reid said he’d allow an open amendment process on the bill because Sens. Carl LevinCarl LevinAs other regulators move past implementing Dodd-Frank, the SEC falls further behind Will partisan politics infect the Supreme Court? Fight for taxpayers draws fire MORE (D-Mich.) and John McCainJohn McCainFULL SPEECH: Tim Kaine accepts Democratic VP nomination Retired admiral: It would be a disaster if Trump were the face of the U.S. Panetta's Trump attack thrown off course MORE (R-Ariz.) agreed to wade through and table all the non-germane amendments offered.

“If we move to the bill we’ll have an open amendment process on this bill,” Reid said. “We would start legislating on this bill the day we get back after the Thanksgiving break.”

Republicans have criticized Reid for filling the amendment tree and not having an open amendment process on all votes.

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