After more than 16 hours of mark up, the House Armed Services Committee passed the $610 billion Defense Authorization bill for FY2017 with a vote of 60 to 2.
Nearly 300 amendments were filed along with the bill, including majority-backed amendments opposing efforts on climate change and renewable energy. Both of those amendments were blocked by Democratic arguments that the Pentagon’s choices on renewable energy sources should be respected and national security should be the top concern. According to Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52), “If you don’t believe in climate change or you don’t believe fossil fuels are bad for the environment, I can understand supporting amendments like this,” he said. “But the bottom line is that digging fossil fuels up and burning them is bad for life. Just spend a couple of days in Beijing.”