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S 3001 - Defense Authorizations Bill - Key Vote

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Jim Matheson voted Yea (Passage With Amendment) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (House) (392-39) - (Key vote)

Title: Defense Authorizations Bill

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that sets authorization limits for Defense appropriations in fiscal year 2009 at $539.29 billion.

Highlights:
  • Authorizes $67.54 million for the construction of the Ballistic Missile Defense, European Mid-Course Radar site (sec. 2401).
  • Provides for a 3.9 percent raise in base pay for all military personnel instead of the annual pay raise based on the Employment Cost Index (sec. 601).
  • Increases the mandatory retirement age of reserve commissioned officers from 60 to 62 (sec. 514).
  • Increases the maximum period of reenlistment for members of the armed forces from six years to eight years, with the exception of members who have served at least ten years and reenlist for an unspecified period (sec. 531).
  • Prohibits any officer or employee of the Department of Defense from interfering with the ability of the Legal Counsel to give independent legal advice to the Joint Chiefs of Staff (sec. 591).
  • Requires the president to report to Congress on the status of forces agreements between the United States and Iraq (sec. 1212).
  • Requires the president to establish and implement a strategy for United States-led Provincial Reconstruction Teams to develop the capacity of the Iraqi government and civilian institutions to assume increasing responsibility for reconstruction (sec. 1213).
Note:

NOTE: THIS VOTE WAS TAKEN UNDER A SUSPENSION OF THE RULES TO CUT OFF DEBATE EARLY AND VOTE TO PASS THE BILL, THEREBY REQUIRING A TWO-THIRDS MAJORITY FOR PASSAGE.

NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.

Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (88-8) - (Key vote)

Title: Defense Authorizations Bill

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that authorizes $603.03 billion for activities of the Department of Defense, including $69.48 billion for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Highlights:
  • Provides a 3.9 percent basic pay increase for members of the armed forces (Sec. 601).
  • Prohibits funds in this bill from being used for permanent stationing of armed forces in Iraq, and from exercising United States control over Iraqi oil resources (Sec. 2913).
  • Prohibits detainees from being interrogated by contracted personnel (Sec. 1036).
  • Requires the Department of Defense to develop a plan to increase the role of the National Guard and Reserves in national defense (Sec. 1053).
  • Authorizes $153.55 billion for operations and maintenance.
  • Authorizes an additional $19.86 billion for operations in Afghanistan, and an additional $49.63 billion for operations in Iraq.
  • Authorizes $124.5 billion for military personnel and contributions to the Medicare-Eligible Retiree Health Fund.
  • Authorizes $103.6 billion for procurement of weapons and supplies.
Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Defense Authorizations Bill

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