The Senate passed its version of the NDAA earlier this year by a vote of 71 to 25 – plenty of support to clear both a 60-vote filibuster threshold and even override Obama’s promised veto.But the president has since threatened to veto the conference report over its use of extra Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funds – money that essentially serves as a workaround to the sequestration caps in place across the budget.The OCO funding maneuver existed in the version of the bill the Senate supported earlier. But it’s not clear whether the renewed threat will deter Democrats from supporting a procedural motion to advance the bill.
DEMS WANT MORE SPENDING FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES. A group of 27 Senate Democrats wrote to the leaders of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committees pressing for deliberations on an emergency spending bill for Syrian refugees, according to The Hill.
The emergency funding would go to increasing funding for organizations that aid Syrian refugees, as well as support the extra vetting that would be needed as the U.S. accepts more refugees. The senators wrote in the letter that priority should go to “vulnerable populations,” including religious minorities, torture victims and women with children.“As always, security considerations remain paramount. All refugee applicants must continue to undergo extensive background checks and vetting of their biographic and biometric data against a broad array of U.S. law enforcement and counterterrorism databases,” they add.