Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl LevinCarl Levin'Nuclear option' for Supreme Court nominees will damage Senate McCain's Supreme Court strategy leads to nuclear Senate The Fed and a return to banking simplicity MORE (D-Mich.) on Tuesday said that Senate leaders still have yet to schedule time to take up next year's defense authorization bill.
“I have no way of knowing when the leader’s going to find a place for it,” Levin told reporters, referring to Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidTrump gets chance to remake the courts Democrats local party problem Trump flirts with Dems for Cabinet MORE (D-Nev.). He added that he’s spoken to Reid regularly about the policy bill and “he knows of the importance of it.”
Two weeks ago, Levin and Inhofe called on their colleagues to offer amendments to the authorization bill. Levin warned against a repeat of the 2013 process where lawmakers scrambled at the end of the session to mark up the bill, leaving senators unable to vote on any amendments.
“We have an awful lot of work ahead of us. We don't have a long time to do it,” he said during a Senate floor speech.
Levin would not rule out that the chamber taking up the policy bill some time in July.
Meanwhile, the House has already passed its version of the policy measure, along with a $491 billion Defense Department spending bill.
Senate Appropriations Defense subcommittee Chairman Dick (Durbin (D-Ill.) has said he expects the panel will take up its draft of the spending bill in early July.