US Senate Votes to Reject Closing NDAA Debate

US Senate Votes to Reject Closing Debate

( – It’s that time of year again, Congress needs to pass the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to continue funding the Pentagon. Ordinarily, the legislation gets bipartisan support, but this time around Republicans are unhappy with the proposal.

On Monday, November 29, the Senate voted 51-45 against ending the debate for the NDAA. Democrats had been trying to close the debate and push a vote on the actual bill. The GOP filibustered and the Left was unable to get the 60 votes it needed. Before it failed, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) accused Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) of trying to “jam [the bill] through the Senate without adequate consideration.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) also made his feelings about the legislation known. In a thunderous speech on the Senate floor, he accused the Left of putting forth an anemic bill that doesn’t meet the national security needs of the US.

McConnell accused the Left of ignoring the threat Russia poses to the country after whining about President Vladimir Putin interfering in the 2016 election for years. He also pointed out that the NDAA doesn’t adequately address the problem China poses to America.

Now that the GOP has defeated attempts to jam the bill through, the parties will have to negotiate further. Hopefully, they can come to an agreement that keeps the country safe.

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