Poliquin Selected as Conferee for Negotiations Between House and Senate on Major Defense Bill
WASHINGTON – Congressman Bruce Poliquin (ME-02), a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, has been named one of the conferees for the negotiations between the House and the Senate for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019, one of the primary bills Congress passes annually.
Congressman Poliquin will be one of just two members of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, along with Committee Chairman Phil Roe (TN-01), at the NDAA conference meetings between the House and the Senate, representing the interests of Veterans in the annual Defense bill.
“Our nation’s Defense bill is one of the most important pieces of legislation passed by Congress each year and it is an honor to be representing Maine’s Veterans and their interests during the Senate and House negotiations as one of just two members of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, alongside the Committee chairman himself,” said Congressman Poliquin. “Maine’s Veterans have a direct seat at the negotiating table on this critical Defense bill and I am committed to making sure their voices are heard during these discussions. I’m honored to serve every single day on behalf of the tens of thousands of Maine Veterans who fought to defend our freedoms.”
The House and the Senate have passed separate versions of the NDAA for Fiscal Year 2019. The two chambers must now come together to negotiate and reconcile the differences between their two bills, a process known as “going to conference.”
A select number of members of the House and Senate are nominated as conferees for the Conference Meetings, including two members of each committee from both the House and Senate.
Conference Meetings are set to begin this week. Tomorrow, Wednesday, July 11 at 2:30 p.m., the first meeting is scheduled to take place.
Once the conferees have sorted through the differences between the House and Senate versions, the Conference will produce a final version of the NDAA that will be voted on in the House and Senate and that will then be sent to the President’s desk to become law.