Rep. Adam Smith (Wash.), the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, said the House and Senate panels were preparing to “ping-pong” the Defense bill by reaching a preconference agreement that’s passed as a new bill in the House, then the Senate.So, delay delay block delay, oh, gosh, no time left for that!
The maneuver would skip over the Senate’s normal passage of the bill on the floor and a formal conference committee, although the Senate would have a chance to amend it.
But Smith said there isn’t time for the bill to go back and forth with any major amendments. [...]
While Smith said controversial measures already included in one or both of the chambers' bills could get tackled through the informal conference committee, new amendments like Gillibrand’s — or a potentially tougher Iran sanctions measure — would not be considered.
The measure could still be brought up and receive a vote as a stand-alone bill, but that opens up yet more room for delay and blocking.