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Rep. McKeon: Defense authorization bill unlikely to pass in lame-duck session

from The Hill

The incoming Republican chairman of the House Armed Services Committee might be faced with the weighty task of overseeing passage of the 2011 defense authorization bill early next year. Rep. Buck McKeon, the leading Republican on the military affairs panel and probable new chairman, said that it's not likely Congress will pass the massive defense policy bill by year's end. The bill has been mired in the debate over repealing the ban on openly gay people serving in the military. Congress is also hampered by a compressed post-election work schedule. more

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