Levin Sees Reduced Role for Authorization Panel if Bill Isn't Passed

By Thomas Duffy / October 5, 2005 at 5:00 AM
If the Senate fails to pass a defense authorization bill this year, the stature of the Senate Armed Services Committee would be dealt a severe blow and its standing in the chamber could begin to shrink, the panel's ranking Democrat said today. The committee's fiscal year 2006 defense authorization bill was pulled off the Senate floor earlier this year after Republican leaders acceded to the wishes of the Bush administration, which is opposed to an amendment offered by Sen. John...

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