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Senate Passes FY2010 DOD Authorization Bill

Senate Passes FY2010 DOD Authorization Bill

The Senate passed the FY2010 authorization bill for the Department of Defense on July 23. One amendment that was adopted is a non-binding sense of Congress amendment offered by Sen. Kyl (R-AZ) that includes language that the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty being negotiated with Russia not put any limitations on missile defense or space capabilities (see pages S8002-8003 of the July 23 Congressional Record).

After passing the Senate bill (S. 1390), the Senate passed the House version of the bill (H.R. 2647) after striking all after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the text of S. 1390 as passed. The Senate then requested a conference with the House and appointed conferees. (For an explanation of some of these head-scratching congressional procedures, see our “What’s a Markup” fact sheet.)

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