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December 14, 2007

House Votes - H.R. 1585: Defense Authorization (Conference Report)

H.Res. 860: Providing for consideration of the conference report to accompany H.R. 1585

On Ordering the Previous Question
Passed 226-191

On agreeing to the resolution
Agreed to by voice vote.


H.R. 1585: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008
To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2008 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes.

Debate

Amendments (GovTrack, Thomas)

All Votes - House Conferee Instructions

On Agreeing to the Conference Report
Passed 370-49


$696.4 Billion for Security, Revise Bush's Plan
A defense authorization conference report would authorize well over half a trillion dollars in national security spending while significantly rewriting the White House’s defense plan.

Hate Crimes:

Defense Policy Bill Advances Without Hate-Crimes Provision
Senate conferees have dropped their insistence on including a hate-crimes provision in the final fiscal 2008 Defense authorization bill, paving the way for the conference report to be signed Thursday.

Hill Negotiators Drop Hate-Crime Provision
House and Senate negotiators yesterday nixed a measure to expand hate-crime protections, removing it from a Pentagon policy bill that is now likely to pass both chambers by wide margins.

Hate-crimes provision stripped from defense bill
House and Senate votes on the 2008 defense authorization bill could be held as early as next week after conferees agreed Thursday to strip from the bill a controversial provision extending hate-crimes protections to gays. House and Senate negotiators agreed to strip Senate language that extended federal hate-crimes law to cover violence against gays after weeks of wrangling. Earlier this week, GOP members of the House Armed Services Committee said they would not sign the conference report if the provision was included.

Osama Bin Laden:

Dead or Alive, Congress Wants Him Found, and is Willing to Pay for It
Congress is about to boost the reward for information leading to the capture or death of Osama bin Laden.

Senate Armed Services Committee

Panel armed with impressive lineup
With final passage of the National Defense Authorization Act near, the Senate Armed Services Committee is already looking ahead to an ambitious agenda next year, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the complex issues that surround them.

Levin seeks the elusive 60
For Sen. Carl Levin, much of his first year as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee has been spent in search of the Elusive 60. That's the magic number of votes that he needs in the Senate to override any threatened Republican filibuster on the war in Iraq and to support legislation changing the course of a war Levin has opposed from the very beginning.

Overseeing war in peace
The Senate Armed Services Committee chairman, Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), has outlined an ambitious agenda for the committee, including further investigations of detainee abuses at Guantanamo Bay and at the now-infamous Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

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