Senate poised to pass defense bill with plan changing Confederate-named bases

Senate poised to pass defense bill with plan changing Confederate-named bases
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The Senate is poised to pass a mammoth defense policy bill with a plan to change the names of Confederate-named military installations that sparked a veto threat from President TrumpDonald TrumpProject Veritas surveilled government officials to expose anti-Trump sentiments: report Cheney: Fox News has 'a particular obligation' to refute election fraud claims The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? MORE.

The Senate will vote to start wrapping up debate on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on Wednesday, paving the way for the bill to pass this week.

Included in the bill is a provision forming a commission to come up with a plan to rename bases named after Confederate figures, with a requirement that it be carried out within three years.


Some Republicans had hoped to remove or water down the language as part of the Senate's debate on the defense bill.

But none of the six amendments that got a roll call vote as part of the Senate's debate were related to the bases.

Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyNYPD Asian Hate Crimes Task Force chief: Attacks are 'not new' More than 75 Asian, LGBTQ groups oppose anti-Asian crime bill Senate Commerce Committee advances Biden's FTC nominee Lina Khan MORE (R-Mo.) filed an amendment to the bill to remove the requirement that the Pentagon carry out the plan. It would instead create a one-year commission to study the issue and determine what to do about the bases.

But Hawley told The Hill that he does not expect to get a vote. He previously tried to bring it up for a vote before the two-week July Fourth recess but was blocked by Democrats.

"I'm sure it won't. I asked for it to be included ... and Sen. Reed objected," Hawley said, referring to Sen. Jack ReedJack ReedBiden officials testify that white supremacists are greatest domestic security threat Overnight Defense: US fires 30 warning shots at Iranian boats | Kabul attack heightens fears of Afghan women's fates | Democratic Party leaders push Biden on rejoining Iran deal Overnight Defense: Former Navy secretary reportedly spent .4M on travel | Ex-Pentagon chief Miller to testify on Jan. 6 Capitol attack | Austin to deliver West Point commencement speech MORE (R.I.), the top Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee.


Asked if he has had follow up conversations about trying to bring it up after the six amendments currently being voted on, Hawley added: "They've made clear that they're not going to do [more]. This is it."

The Senate's expected passage of the bill comes after Trump threatened to veto the bill if the provision about renaming Army bases was included.

“I will Veto the Defense Authorization Bill if the Elizabeth ‘Pocahontas’ Warren (of all people!) Amendment, which will lead to the renaming (plus other bad things!) of Fort Bragg, Fort Robert E. Lee, and many other Military Bases from which we won Two World Wars, is in the Bill!” Trump tweeted earlier this month.

Several Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOn The Money: Biden, Senate GOP take step toward infrastructure deal as other plans hit speed bumps Senate GOP to give Biden infrastructure counteroffer next week Masks shed at White House; McConnell: 'Free at last' MORE (Ky.), have urged Trump to back down from his veto threat. Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyOn The Money: Biden says workers can't turn down job and get benefits | Treasury launches state and local aid | Businesses jump into vax push Grassley criticizes Biden's proposal to provide IRS with B The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Infrastructure, Cheney ouster on deck as Congress returns MORE (R-Iowa) separately predicted that the Senate would "probably" override a veto, a first that would require two-thirds of the chamber.

The House passed its own defense bill on Tuesday despite a veto threat from Trump. The House bill included a requirement that the bases be renamed within a year.

Once the Senate passes its bill, both chambers will need to go to a conference committee to hash out their differences. The final bill is not expected to get sent to Trump's desk until after the November election.