Defense Bill Stalls in Senate

The delay comes due to national security amendments and concerns.

The annual National Defense Authorization Act has stalled in the Senate after lawmakers asked for more time to consider amendments, including one related to a Russian fuel pipeline. The bill was not advanced after lawmakers refused to provide sufficient votes needed to begin debate.

In a speech on the Senate floor, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said lawmakers should consider an amendment, among others, to put sanctions on those involved in constructing the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline to Germany that will ultimately benefit Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“Nothing less than the safety of the American people is at stake,” he said. “This is more important than political timetables or partisan wish lists.”

Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York has excluded that amendment at the request of President Biden, and he has blocked many other amendments related to national security.

Due to disagreements over the details, the Senate is expected to see other delays in getting legislation passed by the end of the year.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For members of the Senate to weigh carefully any amendments attached to the National Defense Authorization Act that could have an impact on national security.
  • For each senator to seek God’s will and guidance as they vote on national defense legislation.

Sources: CNN, The Hill, Reuters


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