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McConnell Blasts Democrats Over Plans To Add Marijuana Banking To Defense Bill

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) sharply criticized Democrats on Tuesday for seeking to include marijuana banking reform and other “pet priorities” in a large-scale defense bill.

While the text of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has not yet been posted, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and a bipartisan group of lawmakers have been pushing to include language from the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act, and possibly additional cannabis reforms.

McConnell said Democrats should have used their majorities to move that legislation on a standalone basis outside of the defense legislation if they wished to enact it.

Disagreements over other, unrelated provisions of the NDAA caused the House Rules Committee to delay consideration on Monday. It’s unclear when the final text will be released.

“House and Senate Democrats are still obstructing efforts to close out the NDAA by trying to jam in unrelated items with no relationship whatsoever to defense,” McConnell said on the floor on Tuesday. “We’re talking about a grab bag of miscellaneous pet priorities—making our financial system more sympathetic to illegal drugs or the phony, partisan permitting reform and name-only language that’s already failed to pass the Senate earlier this year.”

“If Democrats

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