We have a chance to win on two issues in the next few days:
1. Cut the funding for the outdated F-22 Jet, which both Pres. Obama and Def. Sec. gates want cut.
2. Get an exit strategy from the Obama Administration on Afghanistan
Amendments on H.R. 2647 will be taken by House Rules Committee until 7:30 PM tonight. Then, the rule will be voted on in the Rules Committee tomorrow, Tuesday after 5:00 PM. Even though there’s still some shifting about which bills will come up in what order this week, it appears that H.R. 2647, the FY 2010 National Defense Authorizations Act/NDAA, will come to the House floor on Wednesday, June 24th, immediately following the completion of the FY 2010 Homeland Security Appropriations Act.
Debate on the defense bill and amendments to the defense bill will likely continue into Wednesday night, with votes on those amendments being rolled over to Thursday, June 25th. Any remaining debate and votes on the defense bill and amendments will be completed on Thursday, June 25th. The annual White House picnic is “Hawaiian style” this year and on Thur. eve. Members hope to have finished up the defense bill by that time (i.e. 6-ish), but if not, there will be a break in voting while debate on the bill and amendments continues, with votes rolled until later in the evening or the next morning.
Here’s some of the strategy that various coalitions are working on:
Focus on the F-22 should be Dem. leadership and our normal allies asking them to support any amendments that cut the F-22.
Focus on the Afghanistan Exit Strategy Amendment should be on those allies that are not current cosponsors of HR2404