Two key members of Senate defense committees have introduced an amendment to “put the brakes” on a plan to turn the operation of commissaries over to private companies.
Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, introduced the amendment to strike a provision approved by the Senate Armed Services Committee in May that would require the Defense Department to develop a plan to privatize the Defense Commissary Agency.
The armed services committee wants DoD to test that privatization plan in at least five commissaries chosen from the commissary agency’s largest U.S. markets.
The new amendment doesn’t rule out privatization, but instead require DoD to study the idea, and submit a report to Congress by Feb. 1.
The amendment is expected to be considered by the Senate next week.