Senate Begins Floor Debate on 2014 Defense Authorization

By Raffaela Wakeman
Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 11:28 AM

On Monday, the Senate approved in a 91-0 vote to proceed to debate on the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act, and floor debate began today.

We've covered the competing bills on Lawfare, one passed by the House and the other approved by the Senate Armed Services Committee. The bills part ways on, among other matters, the handling of transfers and resettlement of Guantanamo detainees: the House version contains the same highly restrictive prohibitions on transfer as previous defense authorizations, while the Senate language's is more flexible. Ben compared the provisions. This issue will be debated on the floor, given President Obama's renewed commitment to close the detention facility.

The debate over handling of sexual assault cases in the military will also take center stage.

Catch the debate on C-SPAN.