By Jeremy Herb - 12/04/12 06:24 PM EST
The bill is widely expected to pass now that it has gotten through a multitude of obstacles to get the bill on the floor and to satisfy initial objections from Sens. Rand PaulRand PaulRepublicans question Trump's trip to Scotland Hate TV customer service? So does your senator Overnight Cybersecurity: Senate narrowly rejects expanding FBI surveillance powers MORE (R-Ky.) and Tom CoburnTom CoburnCoburn: I haven't seen 'self-discipline' from Trump McCain: No third-party foes coming for Trump Tough choice for vulnerable GOP senators: Embrace or reject Trump MORE (R-Okla.).
Levin and McCain are still “clearing” amendments that both sides can agree to, and they still have a manager’s package of amendments to pass.
The defense authorization bill is a wide-ranging Pentagon policy bill that authorizes $631 billion in defense spending.
When the bill passes, it will head to a House-Senate conference committee to iron out the differences between the two chambers’ bills.
—Carlo Muñoz contributed.