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House Continues Debate over Authorization Bill

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  • May 25, 2011
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House lawmakers Thursday will continue to vote on a series of amendments to the fiscal 2012 defense authorization bill, with the underlying legislation expected to be voted on by the end of the week.

The House approved dozens of amendments on Wednesday to the $690 billion bill, H.R. 1540, including one prohibiting federal agencies from requiring contractors to disclose campaign contributions, reported CQ Today. Lawmakers also supported a number of amendments reining in the administration’s authority regarding military operations in Libya.

One amendment adopted would give the National Guard Bureau chief a slot on the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

On Thursday, lawmakers are expected to vote on a plan to allocate $348 million to a weapons-buying fund. Another vote is expected to approve an amendment requiring all foreign terrorism suspects to be tried by military tribunals, according to CQ. Adopting the provision could prompt another veto threat from the administration, which on Tuesday threatened to veto the bill over a number of provisions.

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