NDAA Watch: Cloture Vote Could Set Up Passage on Tuesday (Updated)

The Senate on Monday unanimously approved a cloture motion on its version of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, limiting additional debate and setting up a vote possibly as early as today.

Senate leaders had intended to pass the bill in about three days. But due to a larger-than-expected number of amendments, that plan had to be scrapped while the number of amendments was shrunk.

The 93-0 cloture vote came shortly after one of the legislation’s floor managers, GOP Senate Armed Services Committee Ranking Member John McCain of Arizona, noted the upper chamber has spent 27 hours debating and voting on a long list of amendments.

McCain and the Armed Services Committee’s chairman, Democrat Carl Levin of Michigan, indicated on Monday they likely would bring up two or three more packages of amendments, cast aside others, and hopefully bring the legislation to a final vote today.

The Senate is working on a treaty this morning, and is slated to adjourn for the GOP and Democratic luncheons. The chamber will return around 2 p.m. and is expected to return to its work on the defense policy bill.

You can follow any remaining floor debate and votes here. And here is a list of amendments passed thus far.

(Update at 12:35 p.m. — Several reporters take to Twitter to report Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he expects a final vote on the defense bill “shortly” after the chamber returns after 2 p.m.) 

John T. Bennett

John T. Bennett

Bennett is the Editor of Defense News' CongressWatch channel. He has a Masters degree in Global Security Studies from Johns Hopkins University.
John T. Bennett