The GOP-led Senate plowed ahead Wednesday on a $612 billion annual defense policy bill despite a White House veto threat and the Democratic leader’s claim that it is an exercise in futility.
“The president said he’s going to veto it so I think it really is kind of a waste of time,” said Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.
Republicans challenged Reid, saying that supporting U.S. troops is not a waste of time.
“By tradition, this legislation has been passed with bipartisan support, reflecting our mutual commitment to national security, but apparently Sen. Reid has decided this year that doing his job is a waste of time,” said Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., the majority leader in the House, which has passed its own version of the defense policy bill.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he expects at least 100 to 200 amendments to be introduced to bill on the Senate side. He predicted a vote by the end of next week.
The White House takes issue with several provisions.