House Delays Action on Defense Bill Amid Push for Voting Rights

At the eleventh hour, House Democrats delayed action on the National Defense Authorization Act after the Congressional Black Caucus made a push for an accompanying vote on voting rights protections.

According to The Hill, the $847 billion defense bill was expected to pass the lower chamber on Wednesday. But plans changed after the CBC, led by Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, demanded another bill on voting rights be taken up simultaneously.

“As we speak,” political journalist Lisa Desjardins told PBS on Wednesday, “congressional Democrats are not just thinking about the fact that they will no longer control the House. But as that disappears, they will not be able to really pass legislation of significance probably for the next two years. So they are looking for any must-pass legislation to get any of their last bills out.

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