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The Senate Armed Services Committee is set to mark up its draft of the annual defense authorization bill this week.

However, most of the deliberations will occur behind closed doors, away from public view.

In contrast to the House Armed Services Committee, which conducted its markup in a public session last month, the Senate panel traditionally holds its debates on defense policy and budget issues in private.

This year, however, two subcommittees will break tradition by holding legislative discussions in open hearings on Wednesday.

The Senate Armed Services Committee

The personnel subcommittee has held public sessions in recent years, and this time, the seapower subcommittee will also hold a public hearing.

The committee is expected to release its final draft by Friday.

This draft will highlight differences from the House version of the bill and set the stage for negotiations between the chambers throughout the summer.

A final compromise is anticipated in the fall.

The defense authorization bill, which has passed through Congress for over 60 years, is deemed must-pass legislation due to its numerous pay and policy provisions.

Upcoming Congressional Hearings and Markups

Upcoming Congressional Hearings and Markups

Tuesday, June 11

  • Senate Homeland Security — 3:30 p.m. — 342 Dirksen
    Coast Guard Sexual Assault
    Commandant Adm. Linda Fagan will testify on the prevention efforts against sexual assault and harassment in the Coast Guard.
  • House Veterans’ Affairs — 4:30 p.m. — 360 Cannon
    VA Beneficiary Travel
    Department officials will discuss issues with the beneficiary travel system.

Wednesday, June 12

  • House Appropriations — 9 a.m. — 2359 Rayburn
    Foreign Operations
    The full committee will mark up the annual State Department appropriations plan.
  • House Foreign Affairs — 10 a.m. — 2172 Rayburn
    Western Hemisphere Competition
    State Department officials will testify on issues of great power competition in the Western Hemisphere.
  • House Transportation — 10 a.m. — 2167 Rayburn
    Coast Guard Recapitalization
    Service officials will discuss the recapitalization plans for the Coast Guard.
  • Senate Armed Services — 10:15 a.m. — 216 Hart
    NDAA Personnel Issues
    The personnel subcommittee will mark up its section of the annual defense authorization bill in a public session.
  • House Veterans’ Affairs — 10:15 a.m. — 360 Cannon
    Veterans Disability Ratings
    Department officials will address problems with the disability ratings system.
  • House Oversight — 10:30 a.m. — 2154 Rayburn
    V-22 Osprey Program
    Military officials will testify on the V-22 Osprey program.
  • Senate Armed Services — 10:45 a.m. — 216 Hart
    NDAA Seapower Issues
    The seapower subcommittee will mark up its section of the annual defense authorization bill in a public session.
  • House Veterans’ Affairs — 2 p.m. — 360 Cannon
    Pending Legislation
    The economic opportunity subcommittee will consider several pending bills.

Thursday, June 13

Congressional Hearings and Markups on Thursday, June 13

  • House Appropriations Committee — 9 a.m. — 2359 Rayburn
    Defense Appropriations
    The full committee will mark up the annual Defense Department appropriations plan.
  • House Veterans’ Affairs — 9:30 a.m. — 360 Cannon
    Veteran Spinal Cord Injuries
    Department officials and external advocates will discuss challenges faced by veterans with spinal cord injuries.
  • Senate Foreign Relations — 10 a.m. — 419 Dirksen
    Nominations
    The committee will review several pending nominations.