Defense Bill: Libertarian Wishes on NSA, Syria Heeded by House GOP Leaders

Posted July 23, 2013 at 11:31am

House GOP leadership on Monday gave in to the demands of a small band of libertarian-minded members, allowing them to offer controversial amendments on the National Security Agency, Egypt and Syria, reports Matt Fuller in Roll Call.

Late Monday evening, the House Rules Committee made 100 amendments in order to the Defense spending bill, including three amendments that a bloc of Republicans insisted be made in order or else they would attempt to prevent the bill from coming to  the floor.

Michigan Republican Rep. Justin Amash, a regular thorn in the side of leadership, and Kentucky GOP Rep. Thomas Massie led the contingent of conservatives that threatened to vote down the Republican rule on the floor unless certain amendments were approved for votes.