Before the start of business, Just Security provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news.
Congress has now released its compromise version of the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act that is slated to go to the floor of the House by the end of the week. [Check out Just Security’s Jennifer Daskal’s post from last night on the important Guantanamo transfer provisions.]
As noted in yesterday’s News Roundup, the bill does not include Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s proposed reforms to take sexual assault cases outside the military chain of command. TPM (Sahil Kapur) reports however that the amendment will be brought up separately in the Senate, according to Gillibrand’s office. A spokesperson for the senator told TPM, “We have been assured by the Majority Leader that we will get a separate vote.”
Military Advantage (Terry Howell) provides an update on the NDAA provisions on military pay and TRICARE, the DoD’s health care program.
Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has accused Majority Leader Harry Reid of circumventing the regular order and pushing the bill through without additional amendments in order to prevent a vote on enhanced Iran sanctions [The Hill’s Jeremy Herb].
The Washington Post editorial board covers the measures on Guantanamo transfers and combatting sexual assault in the military, and writes that the bill is “a decent compromise that the leaders of both chambers ought to embrace and bring to a vote in the coming days.”
Secretary of State John Kerry appeared before the House Foreign Affairs Committee yesterday in an appeal to Congress to hold off from introducing new Iran sanctions [CNN’s Tom Cohen]. In relation to additional sanctions, he stated:
Now, I’m not saying never.… continue »