Defense Authorization: The Senate's Last Best Hope
35 Pages Posted: 1 Aug 2011 Last revised: 12 Aug 2011
Date Written: 2011
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
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