What to Watch as Defense Authorization Bill Heads to Conference

Posted July 7, 2015 at 5:10am

The Hill looks at the key differences between the House and Senate versions of the National Defense Authorization Act.  

“Both bills would extend restrictions on releasing Guantanamo Bay detainees, but the Senate version would give the administration a path to close the prison. If the White House submits a plan to close Gitmo and Congress approves it, restrictions on moving detainees to super-maximum security prisons in the U.S. would be dropped under the Senate bill. This is a huge point of opposition in the House.”  

“Both the Senate and House bill contain reforms to streamline how the Pentagon spends billions on weapons systems. However, the Senate’s version would reduce the defense secretary’s decision-making authority and empower the military services, in order to hold them better accountable. The Pentagon’s civilian leadership and the White House staunchly oppose the Senate’s proposal, which they say would worsen the problem and interfere with progress being made.”