Rubio blocks quick votes on stalemated defense bill
Added 12-01-21 10:57:02pm EST - “Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Wednesday night blocked a quick deal for votes on amendments to a sweeping defense policy bill, the latest setback for hopes of passing the legislation this week.?” - Thehill.com
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Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioWisconsinites need infrastructure that is built to last Republicans struggle to save funding for Trump's border wall Rubio: Dropping FARC from terrorist list threatens Colombians, US security MORE (R-Fla.) on Wednesday night blocked a quick deal for votes on amendments to a sweeping defense policy bill, the latest setback for hopes of passing the legislation this week.
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jack ReedJack ReedOvernight Defense & National Security — US, Iran return to negotiating table Senate GOP blocks defense bill, throwing it into limbo Senate GOP expected to block defense bill amid stalemate MORE (D-R.I.) tried to get consent to set up votes on 24 amendments to the National Defense Authorization (NDAA), which sets Pentagon spending toplines and policy, starting on Thursday morning.
After the amendment votes, the Senate would have then been on a path to vote on passing the defense bill as part of the agreement worked out by leadership.
But Rubio blocked the amendment deal after he failed to get his amendment included in the package that would get votes before a final vote in the Senate. Rubio's proposal would ban imports from China’s Xinjiang region, where administration officials have accused the government of carrying out genocide against Uyghur Muslims.
Rubio's amendment was included in a list, sent out to Senate offices earlier Wednesday, of the amendments that would get voted on as part of the agreement.
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