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January 19, 2008

House Suspension Vote - H.R. 4986: Defense Authorization

H.R. 4986: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008
To provide for the enactment of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008, as previously enrolled, with certain modifications to address the foreign sovereign immunities provisions of title 28, United States Code, with respect to the attachment of property in certain judgements against Iraq, the lapse of statutory authorities for the payment of bonuses, special pays, and similar benefits for members of the uniformed services, and for other purposes.

Debate

Amendments (GovTrack, Thomas)

Votes

On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill
Passed 369-46


Boehner Praises Passage of FY 2008 Department of Defense Authorization Bill
After Democratic leaders needlessly delayed this bill for weeks on behalf of special interest trial lawyers, I’m pleased that both parties have finally come together to complete work on this bill.

Veto Response

House Leaders Assess Options on Vetoed Defense Bill
Democrats and the White House are at odds over what needs to be done to fix the fiscal 2008 defense authorization bill and whether the president’s purported pocket veto in December is valid.

House Leaders Undecided on Defense Veto Action
Although they have scheduled floor action Tuesday “disposing of” President Bush’s veto of a massive defense authorization bill, House Democratic leaders haven’t decided just what that action will be.

Leaders Plan Quick Action on Defense Measure
The House could vote as early as Wednesday on a revised defense authorization bill, with new language that would give the president authority to grant the Iraqi government immunity from the crimes of Saddam Hussein’s regime.

Iraq

War rages, but Congress moves on
As Congress opens the 2008 session, it’s hard to find Iraq anywhere on the official agenda.

While Anti-War Groups Retreat on Iraq, Democratic Leaders Cling to Strategy to Ensure Our Troops' Defeat
Anti-war groups are throwing in the towel after wasting millions of dollars throughout 2007 on failed efforts to ensure our defeat in Iraq.

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