The House of Representatives and the Senate are bickering over the annual Defense Policy Bill after Parliament has loaded its progressive-priority version to bring it through the House on Friday.
Senate Republicans Say Parliament's Changes Are Not Beginners It's unclear how hard the Democrats will fight to comply with the regulations, and the leaders of the Democratic House's Force Committee say the main goal is to to bring an invoice to the President's desk.
This means that liberal victories, such as changes to block military action against Iran and lift the ban on transgender, can only be short-lived. It also increases uncertainty about the timing and fate of the final adoption of a law that has long been considered a must.
At present, Democrats do not shy away from their negotiating strategy.
"I'm not going to answer such a hypothesis. "Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Adam Smith (D-Wash .) Said on Friday when asked what he would do when it came to finalizing the bill or keeping up with the progressive changes.
"We will succeed and try to respect and honor the contributions of the members to the bill as we do," Smith added.
The parliament passed its version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in a party with 220-197 votes. With every Republican vote against the law, which vetoed the White House, the Democrats needed gradual support to say goodbye.
To gain support from the Progressives, who worried about the $ 733 billion price, Democrats tabled amendments to several of their priorities.
Parliament approved changes to block the sale of emergency weapons to Saudi Arabia, end US military support for the Saudi Arabia-led coalition in Yemen and suspend approval for the use of military force for 2002 weeks of paid family leave Prohibition of military parades for political purposes and ban on the use of Pentagon funds on property owned by Trump.
The underlying bill also contained several democratic priorities, including provisions to prevent President Trump  In Donald John Trump In 1710, the British accused an orange populist – It did not fare well, the photo of the Mayor of Philadelphia To post Rapinoe at the town hall: "Pay now!" The Social Media Summit highlights the party-political approaches to technology to use the Pentagon funds for a border wall, to block the use of a low-yield nuclear warhead, and to prevent new transfers to the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center ,
The bill of the Senate contains none of them. It also costs $ 17 billion more, with a cap of $ 750 billion.
The Senate approved its draft bill last month in a bipartisan vote with 86 to 8 votes.
Chairman of the Senate Armed Forces Committee Jim Inhofe  James (Jim) Mountain Inhofe Overnight Defense: House Approves 3 Billion Defense Law | Liberal Sweeteners Pull Progressive Voices Bill Envisions Measures Trump Will Take Against Military Action Against Iran Senators Call on Trump to Approve Turkey for Accepting Russian Missile Ship Joint Chiefs Pick Warns of Early Afghan Withdrawal | Tensions are mounting after Iran attempts to block British tanker MORE. (R-Okla.) Said that this week the changes in the House version must be published.
But he was also confident that he and Smith could work together. Inhofe and Smith both said they had recently talked to each other about the need for a successful conference.
"We both have an obligation, we have to get an invoice," said Inhofe. "The most important thing I wanted out of the house was to bring something out of the house to the conference, and then we can go to work."
Smith described her conversation as "really good."
"Both of us." I agree that we know we have to do it. "
Nonetheless, Smith said it was" hard to say "how the negotiations will go.
The Supreme Republican of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Mac Thornberry William (Mac) McClellan Thornberry House Approves Defense Law Following Addition of Liberal Sweeteners Overnight Defense: Dems Confident Defense Law Will Be Passed Despite Party Fight | Bill of the GOP Chairman on the review of relations between the US and Saudi Arabia | Senators on sexual assault briefed accusation against top Democrats vote confidence Pentagon bill survives party battle MORE (Texas), appeared on Friday to doubt whether the bill, which is in force for nearly 60 years, can be completed year.
On the floor of the house, Thornberry said he hopes the NDAA has not become yet another democratic "messaging bill" that will not become law. He repeated this attitude to reporters from the floor.
"I'm worried that the NDAA will become a law for news because there are provisions for provisions that have no chance in the Senate, let alone be legally signed," he said.
When asked if he was worried that the bill would not get to the President's desk, Thornberry said, "We have to see."
"They always take one step at a time, and whether this bill exists and If the conference goes with the Senate, there will be big differences, "he said before the vote on Friday.
Other Republicans of the House of Representatives take comfort in the conference negotiations, hoping that the Senate will not comply with the progressive provisions.
"I never thought I would say that, but I will: Thank God for the Senate. " Mike Turner Michael Ray Turner Overnight Defense: Drama about 3B House Defense Law | Democratic tensions threaten to disrupt legislation White House threatens to veto | USA and Taliban Talks End "Roadmap for Peace" House Defense Bill Prepares Stage for Controversial Nuclear Debate Overnight Defense: Officials Approve the Posting of Saudis Atomic Technology Following Khashoggi's Murder | Space Command pick warns of impending challenges | Lawmakers argue over the blockade of low-interest-rate nuclear weapons MORE (R-Ohio).
Liberal House Democrats are watching the upcoming negotiations with some concern.
While the Progressives largely supported the House, they still feel depressed by the decision of the House Democratic leaders last month to adopt a Senate-approved law on border assistance provided by moderate citizens on an alternative progressive law with stricter rules the care of migrants is supported.
Rep. Pramila Jayapal Pramila Jayapal Overnight Defense: House Approves 3 Billion Defense Law | Liberal Sweeteners Pull Progressive Voices Bill Provides Measures to Prevent Trump from Military Action Against Iran Seth MacFarlane asks Dems to unify the Defense Law MORE (D-Wash.), A co-chair of the Progressive Caucus, stated she have confidence in Smith to represent their interests in conference negotiations.
"We've worked with Chairman Smith for more than six months on Progressive Caucus, and he's my closest neighbor, as you probably know about districts," said Jayapal, "so I'm confident he understands How important these are and that he will fight hard for them, and I hope the leadership will assist him. "
However, she was less optimistic about the leadership if Jayapal were convinced that the heads of government supported Smith He said, "I wish I was convinced of anything in the world today."
"Well, no," she added, "we need to make sure we keep pushing."
Rep. Ro Khanna Rohit (Ro) KhannaOvernight Defense: House Approves 3 Billion Defense Law Liberal Sweeteners Pull Progressive Gates Bill envisages action that trumps of military Hold House against Iran House approves an amendment aimed at preventing Trump from engaging in military action against Iran. It is time for the Left to press ahead with a shared vision of national security: Adoption of the NDAA MORE (D-Calif.) Is confident that the Iran amendment it supports will at least survive. The Senate voted on a similar change when considering the NDAA, which did not reach the required 60 votes but still received 50-40 votes.
In the House of Representatives, 27 Republicans were for the Democrats to say goodbye to Iran's change.
"Inhofe will be surprised how many Republicans support it in the House, including some of the President's closest allies, such as [Florida Rep.] Matt Gaetz Matthew (Matt) Gaetz Republicans who have voted with Democrats to help Trump attend to prevent taking military action against Iran agrees with the amendment aimed at preventing Trump from taking military action against Iran, MORE Khanna said. "Matt Gaetz probably talks to the president a hundred times more than Inhofe and has much more influence than Inhofe. I think he'll see that there are some very influential Republicans behind it. "