Lawmakers planned to release a compromise defense authorization bill Monday but held off while discussions continue about whether to add a provision increasing the statutory debt limit, which is set to run out as soon as next week.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) have discussed linking the defense bill and a debt limit increase or suspension, but not all Republicans are on board.
“Funding our troops through the NDAA should in no way, shape or form be tied to the debt limit in process or substance,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) Monday evening.
The House has passed a defense bill, but the Senate version got bogged down in a fight over amendments. That led to the chairs of the two Armed Services committees to start over with a compromise bill they’ve been working out behind the scenes.