The House on Wednesday continued working through many of the 271 amendments made in order for the chamber’s debate of the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill, with a final vote on the underlying legislation expected Thursday. Many of the most controversial amendments out of the more than 550 filed didn’t make it past the House Rules Committee, including two affecting defense communities — one permitting military families to create education savings accounts and another extending a moratorium on offshore drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico. The House on Thursday will finish debating the remaining 76 amendments to H.R. 5515, the majority of which will be included in en bloc packages, reported CQ. … The Senate Armed Services Committee finished marking up its version of authorization bill Wednesday evening, a committee aide told CQ. The committee will issue a statement today with a detailed summary of the measure, which was written almost entirely in closed sessions.
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