Senate prepares to tackle Defense authorization and Iraq

The Senate will focus on the fiscal 2008 defense authorization bill next week, which Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has said will become the Democrats' latest vehicle for language addressing the Iraq war.

While the amendment schedule is not yet clear, the Senate is likely to start with an amendment from Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., that would set minimum time periods between troop deployments, a spokeswoman for Webb said. He is expected to introduce language Monday, setting the stage for a likely vote Wednesday or Thursday.

Earlier efforts by Democrats to attach Iraq language to a supplemental spending measure failed, with President Bush vetoing one version and lawmakers dropping it from a second version after another veto was threatened. But Reid has said the efforts to alter war policy would continue, on the defense authorization bill as well as other upcoming legislation.

The Senate will start the week with votes Monday afternoon on four judicial nominations.

The House floor schedule for next week remains in flux. None of the six outstanding fiscal 2008 appropriations bills will be brought to the floor because the Appropriations Committee is still working to complete the list of earmarks attached to the spending bills. Floor consideration of those bills, which leaders hope to wrap up before the start of the August recess, is expected to begin the week of July 16.

But lawmakers will, late in the week, take up legislation boosting federal funding for college aid programs. Action is also possible on legislation dealing with the FDA's drug-approval process and federal housing programs.

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
Close [ x ] More from GovExec

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Sponsored by G Suite

    Cross-Agency Teamwork, Anytime and Anywhere

    Dan McCrae, director of IT service delivery division, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

  • Data-Centric Security vs. Database-Level Security

    Database-level encryption had its origins in the 1990s and early 2000s in response to very basic risks which largely revolved around the theft of servers, backup tapes and other physical-layer assets. As noted in Verizon’s 2014, Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR)1, threats today are far more advanced and dangerous.

  • Federal IT Applications: Assessing Government's Core Drivers

    In order to better understand the current state of external and internal-facing agency workplace applications, Government Business Council (GBC) and Riverbed undertook an in-depth research study of federal employees. Overall, survey findings indicate that federal IT applications still face a gamut of challenges with regard to quality, reliability, and performance management.

  • PIV- I And Multifactor Authentication: The Best Defense for Federal Government Contractors

    This white paper explores NIST SP 800-171 and why compliance is critical to federal government contractors, especially those that work with the Department of Defense, as well as how leveraging PIV-I credentialing with multifactor authentication can be used as a defense against cyberattacks

  • Toward A More Innovative Government

    This research study aims to understand how state and local leaders regard their agency’s innovation efforts and what they are doing to overcome the challenges they face in successfully implementing these efforts.

  • From Volume to Value: UK’s NHS Digital Provides U.S. Healthcare Agencies A Roadmap For Value-Based Payment Models

    The U.S. healthcare industry is rapidly moving away from traditional fee-for-service models and towards value-based purchasing that reimburses physicians for quality of care in place of frequency of care.

  • GBC Flash Poll: Is Your Agency Safe?

    Federal leaders weigh in on the state of information security


When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.