Defense Authorization: The Senate's Last Best Hope

35 Pages Posted: 1 Aug 2011 Last revised: 12 Aug 2011

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Colleen Shogan

Government of the United States of America - Congressional Research Service

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

For the past 49 years, defense authorizations bills have passed the super-majoritarian Senate. In an era in which authorizations are largely non-existent, how does the Senate Armed Services committee continue to find ways to pass the defense authorization bill? This paper is based on over 20 in-person interviews with current and former Senate defense staffers. It provides a description of the defense authorization process in the Senate, and also explains why Senate Armed Services has been so successfull in enacting the defense authorization bill for decades.

Keywords: defense, Congress, committee, Senate

Suggested Citation

Shogan, Colleen, Defense Authorization: The Senate's Last Best Hope (2011). APSA 2011 Annual Meeting Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1900866

Colleen Shogan (Contact Author)

Government of the United States of America - Congressional Research Service ( email )

Washington, DC 20540
United States

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