In September, the Senate failed to move forward on the bill after Republicans blocked the vote due to a disagreement on procedure. Republicans claimed at the time that Democrats were politicizing the defense bill ahead of the 2010 midterm elections.

Republicans, as recently as this weekend, have expressed doubt that the bill would be voted on during the current lame-duck session of Congress. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told David Gregory on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he believed debate on the bill would not come until the 112th Congress, scheduled to convene in January.

Stay tuned for more information as it develops.

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