Senate Defense Bill Drama: A Showdown, Party Divides, and… Recess? 🎭💰🍿
TL;DR: Senate approves its NDAA version, potentially locking horns with the House’s version. Some senators? Not too pleased. 🤔 Big numbers, big implications. And guess what? Recess is around the corner! 🏖️
As our beloved Senate gathered Thursday evening, things got a tad spicy 🌶️! They finally gave the thumbs up 👍 to their version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). With an eye-watering figure of $886 billion for 2024, this now sets the stage for a potentially epic face-off with the House’s edition. Sounds like the ultimate season finale, doesn’t it?
Not everyone was vibing with the bill, though. Senators like Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders (yeah, that Bernie) decided to give it a pass 🙅♂️. Interestingly, some Republicans like Rand Paul and JD Vance also joined the “nah” squad.
So, what’s got everyone so divided? 🤷♂️ Well, the House’s version had some… interesting provisions. From going after Pentagon’s policies on military abortion costs 🤰 to poking at military diversity programs, it turned the usually “let’s all get along” defense bill into something more, well, partisan.
Schumer, never one to mince words, had some thoughts 💭: “What’s happening in the Senate is a stark contrast to the partisan race to the bottom we saw in the House.” Ouch. Tell us how you really feel, Chuck!
But wait, there’s more! 🥳 The Senate’s proposal includes a 5.2% pay hike for our military personnel 🪖. They’re also throwing in $9.1 billion for initiatives to compete with China 🇨🇳 and a neat $300 million for Ukraine 🇺🇦.
As the Senate members prepared for their much-awaited August recess (vacation time, anyone? 🏖️), they made sure to check off their to-dos. The final score? 25 amendments approved for the NDAA. But the drama doesn’t end here, folks. The real spectacle 🎭 will come as both chambers try to combine their two acts into one final show-stopping NDAA package.
Oh, and before we forget, there was a slight hiccup. Senator Amy Klobuchar had a proposal to grant permanent residency to around 80,000 Afghans 🇦🇫 who landed in the U.S. post the country’s downfall. But this was shut down due to opposition. Klobuchar passionately voiced, “The decision we make right now… is going to reverberate militarily and diplomatically for longer than any of us will serve in this body.” Only time will tell what ends up in the final version of NDAA.
With all this, we’re left pondering: In this political tug of war 🪢, what will the final defense bill look like? Can both sides find common ground before Christmas 🎄? And, most importantly, what are these senators’ top holiday destinations? 🏝️😉
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Now, over to you, readers: Do you think both chambers will be singing “Kumbaya” by Christmas, or are we in for more defense bill drama? 🍿🎄🎭