Senate to wrap up defense bill

The Senate is expected to wrap up consideration of the annual defense bill next week before moving on to how to fund the military.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., filed cloture on the National Defense Authorization bill (NDAA) on June 11 in a bid to get through it this coming week. The Senate is expected to vote early next week on an amendment from Sens. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., to provide for defense equipment, services and training to the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq.

Other amendments that may come up include an effort by Iran hawk Mark Kirk, R-Ill., to extend Iran sanctions legislation until 2026.

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This article was written by Julian Pecquet for Al-Monitor on June 14, 2015. Julian Pecquet is Al-Monitor’s Congressional Correspondent. He previously led The Hill’s Global Affairs blog.