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Senate leaders want to speed up debate on Ukraine, Afghanistan and war powers

“We should work together and finish this important bill before the Thanksgiving holiday,” he added.

To quickly start the debate and vote on the amendments, both parties must sign. It is not immediately clear when a bipartite agreement on the amendments can be reached.

GOP sounds: Kentucky Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, meanwhile, laid out his party’s own designs – including votes on amendments that would impose sanctions related to the Russia-built Nord Stream 2 pipeline, provide Ukraine with more money for arms and would make it clear that Afghan aid cannot be channeled to the Taliban.

On the ground, McConnell delivered a partisan streak against President Joe Biden and the Democrats, slamming the administration with the US withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Taliban takeover and keeping pace with Chinese military modernization, among other issues. .

“I’m glad we can finally have these debates and votes,” McConnell said. “America needs a course correction and the Senate must provide it.”

Where is the NDAA: The Senate voted 84-15 Wednesday night to expedite the start of debate on the bill, but a vote to officially start debate has not been scheduled.

Democrats and Republicans spent most of Wednesday haggling over the contents of a possible substitute amendment to the bill, with parties disagreeing over pressure from Schumer to include major competitiveness legislation American-Chinese. GOP senators had warned they would oppose procedural votes if Schumer pushes to include the measure without a stand-alone, upward or downward vote.

Democratic House leaders also oppose aspects of the Chinese bill, making its injection into defense legislation a risky gamble.

The stalemate was resolved when Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi agreed to separately negotiate a China bill outside of the NDAA process.

Democrats plan to work on weekends, or potentially cut into next week’s Thanksgiving holiday, to complete work on the defense bill.

AUMF debate: The Democratic leader also stressed the need to vote on an amendment to repeal the authorization for the 2002 Iraq war. The decision to repeal the law, along with other decades-old authorizations for war, is the first step towards the reconquest of the prerogatives of the Congress on the powers of war, obtained bipartite support.

Despite the bipartisan call to erase Iraq’s obsolete authorization, McConnell felt the push was a move that would give the United States less military flexibility in the Middle East.

“I expect a solid debate on this,” McConnell said.

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