But Coburn objected, saying the bill, which cost more than $1 billion over 10 years, should be paid for a different way.
Coburn also objected to Amendment 3180, by Sen. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseWhy Kaine is the right choice for Clinton Report: More, stronger cyber attacks to flood networks Senate Dems push Obama for more Iran transparency MORE (D-R.I.), but did not force a roll-call vote. Whitehouse’s amendment asks the National Institutes of Health to evaluate certain forms of cancers, such as pancreatic.
Coburn, a physician, said the bill would “micromanage what they’re doing,” and “delay” research, but the bill passed anyway.
Sen. Rob PortmanRob PortmanThe Trail 2016: Trump’s big night Portman: Trump has 'potential' to help GOP candidates Kasich doesn't regret skipping convention MORE (R-Ohio) introduced Amendment 2956, which asked the Department of Defense to standardize transcripts of military service members who want to transfer college credits. The measure passed on voice-voice with no objections.
The Senate is schedule to continue amendment work on the National Defense Authorization Act, S. 3254, Thursday night, with hopes of finishing work by the end of the week. The defense bill funds U.S. military operation.