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This week in Congress: The annual defense debate all-nighter

This week in Congress: The annual defense debate all-nighter

House Armed Services Committee members will hold their marathon mark-up of the annual defense authorization bill on Wednesday, an event that is expected to last more than 12 hours and feature some contentious military policy debates.

Unlike the Senate Armed Services Committee, which conducted the majority of its work behind closed doors last month, the House panel has a tradition of a lengthy public negotiation for the budget policy bill.

Although the work includes discussion of several heated topics — transgender recruits and nuclear weapons stocks are expected to be among the most problematic — the final product typically leaves the committee with strong bipartisan backing.

Both chambers could pass those committee drafts by the end of the month, giving staff most of the summer to work out a compromise deal between Democrat-led policies from the House and Republican-favored ones in the Senate.

Tuesday, June 11House Veterans’ Affairs — 10 a.m. — Visitors Center H210VA’s Police ForceDepartment officials will testify on security forces at VA facilities and challenges they face.
House Foreign Affairs — 10 a.m. — 2172 Rayburn NicaraguaOutside experts will testify on human rights issues in Nicaragua.
House Appropriations — 10:30 a.m. — 2359 Rayburn Homeland Security budget The committee will mark up its versions of the Homeland Security and Financial Services appropriations bills for fiscal 2020.
Wednesday, June 12
House Armed Services — 10 a.m. — 2118 Rayburn NDAA mark upThe full committee will mark up its draft of the fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act.
House Foreign Affairs — 10 a.m. — 2172 Rayburn Foriegn arms salesState Department officials will testify on administration plans to increase foriegn arms sales over congressional concerns.
House Veterans’ Affairs — 10:15 a.m. — Visitors Center H210Electronic health recordsDepartment officials will testify on work to modernize VA’s electronic medical records systems.
Thursday, June 13
House Foreign Affairs — 9:30 a.m. — 2172 Rayburn South AsiaState Department officials will testify on U.S. strategic interests in south Asia and the fiscal 2020 budget request.

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