Baucus and Tester said provisions in the Defense Authorization bill, added in committee, would limit the military's ability to purchase American-made fuel, which they said would harm job growth, especially in their state, where biofuels are produced.
A bipartisan group of 38 senators, including Tester and Baucus, sent Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidAfter healthcare fail, 4 ways to revise conservative playbook Dem senator 'not inclined to filibuster' Gorsuch This obscure Senate rule could let VP Mike Pence fully repeal ObamaCare once and for all MORE (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellPath to 60 narrows for Trump pick Dems delay Senate panel vote on Supreme Court nominee This week: GOP picks up the pieces after healthcare defeat MORE (R-Ky.) a letter late last week requesting a vote on the defense bill, but also expressing support for domestic fuel alternative programs in the Department of Defense (DOD).
“DOD is the largest single user of oil in the world, consuming more than 355,000 barrels of oil per day in Fiscal Year 2011,” the letter stated. “Despite increased domestic production of traditional fossil fuels, rising global oil prices and market volatility caused DOD’s fuel bill to rise to more than $19 billion in Fiscal Year 2011. … Alternative fuels will not supplant fossil fuels entirely; however, replacing even a fraction of the fuel consumed by DOD with domestic alternative fuels, has the potential to advance U.S. national security, improve strategic flexibility, and insulate the defense budget against future spikes in the cost of fossil fuels.”
Reid tried to bring the Defense Authorization Act, S. 3254, up for consideration before the Senate left for Thanksgiving break, but Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulSenate takes up NATO membership for Montenegro Overnight Defense: Civilian casualties raise questions about rules of engagement | Air Force nominee set for hearing | Senate takes up NATO membership for Montenegro Feehery: Freedom Caucus follies MORE (R-Ky.) is filibustering the bill until he gets a vote on his amendment. Paul is pushing for a vote on an amendment reaffirming opposition to the indefinite detention of American citizens, but other senators had not agreed to take up that amendment. The defense authorization bill funds and directs U.S. military operations.
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