By Matt Vallone, Director of Research & Analysis
Main Story: Cloture on FY2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Will Be Overshadowed by Return of Health Care
The House is out of session this week, but the Senate promises to have one of the most interesting weeks of the entire year. On Monday night, the Senate is expected to invoke cloture on the FY 2018 NDAA. Most of the controversial amendments were denied a floor vote and the measure is expected to pass with significant bipartisan support. However, consideration of another health care reform bill will almost certainly generate the most headlines. The Senate is expected to attempt to bring to the floor a new version of health care reform authored by Sen. Lindsey Graham and Sen. Bill Cassidy. As of this writing it is unclear if they will have enough votes to pass the measure, but supporters believe they are close.
House Activity – The House is out of session.
Senate Activity – The Senate should complete consideration of the NDAA early in the week and will then likely move to consideration of the Cassidy-Graham health care reform. They may also consider various nominations.
- SASC – 9/19 ‘Recent United States Navy Incidents at Sea’, Full Committee Hearing, SD-G50 Dirksen, 930am
- HASC – No hearings this week
- HAC-D – No hearings this week
- SAC-D – No hearings this week
Government Activity Round-Up
The CBO continues to focus on health care but there are several interesting reports out at GAO. Of interest for defense watchers are two reports: the first is focused on weapon systems management and the second on naval shipyards. The weapon systems management report is largely a read-out of interviews of Product Support Managers (PSMs) and contains some interesting observations. The shipyards report is a review of the Navy’s 2013 proposal to develop and invest in their shipyards. The results have been largely disappointing as “Navy data show that the cost of backlogged restoration and maintenance projects at the shipyards has grown by 41 percent over five years, to a Navy-estimated $4.86 billion and will take at least 19 years to clear.” In the meantime, the disrepair is causing problems for maintenance, as from 2000 to 2016 “inadequate facilities and equipment led to maintenance delays that contributed in part to more than 1,300 lost operational days… for aircraft carriers and 12,500 lost operational days for submarines.” More in the full report here.
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