House Prepares For Floor Debate On Defense Authorization Bill

The House Rules Committee has set a May 17 deadline for representatives to submit amendments that they want to propose when the full House debates the fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill (H.R. 5515) later this month.

The $717 billion bill, which the House Armed Services Committee passed last week (Defense Daily, May 10), is expected to head to the House floor the week of May 21-25. The Rules Committee will determine how floor debate will proceed, including what amendments may be offered. CAPITOL

On the other side of Capitol Hill, the Senate Armed Services Committee is poised to take up its version of the bill the week of May 21-25.  

Meanwhile, the Senate Appropriations Committee announced May 14 that it tentatively plans to mark up the FY 2019 defense appropriations bill the week of June 25-29. 

The House Appropriations Committee has not released its defense markup schedule but intends to take up its version of the bill sometime "in the next few weeks," a committee spokeswoman said.

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