News Summary: Defense bill addresses assaults

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 13, 2013 at 12:02 pm •  Published: December 13, 2013

DEFENSE OF DEFENSE: A comprehensive defense policy bill that aims to deal with the epidemic of sexual assault in the military is heading to the Senate, where it may be slowed due to Republican outrage over how the majority Democrats have limited the GOP's power.

FILIBUSTERED: Senate Republicans, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, are angry over tactics by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., accusing him of tyranny for changing the rules last month to reduce their power over nominations and denying them the opportunity to offer amendments on the defense bill.

THE NUMBERS: Reflecting the drawdown in Afghanistan and reduced defense spending, the bill would authorize $552.1 billion for the regular budget, plus $80.7 billion for conflicts overseas in the fiscal year that began Oct. 1. It represented a compromise worked out by the top Republicans and Democrats on the House and Senate Armed Services committees after a similar bill stalled in the Senate just before Thanksgiving.

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