The House Rules Committee late Tuesday rejected two amendments from Rep. Adam SmithAdam SmithHouse passes Mattis waiver, setting up quick confirmation Overnight Defense: Mattis cruises through confirmation hearing Top defense Dem urges House to vote against Mattis waiver MORE (D-Wash.) to the 2015 defense authorization bill.
He introduced both measures during the panel’s marathon 13-hour mark up of the defense policy bill, only to withdraw them and vow to resurrect both proposals when the time comes for floor debate on the bill. However, the moves by the Rules Committee have thrown cold water on those plans.
Smith did succeed in getting a trio of other amendments lined up for debate, including a provision that would lift the ban on transferring detainees from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to U.S. soil.
Another amendment aims to eliminate “indefinite military detention” of people by the United States.
Smith is expected to discuss his approved measures, as well as those nixed by the Rules Committee, when the defense legislation hits the House floor on Wednesday afternoon.