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Senate Rejects Plan to Privatize Commissaries

According to a report by's Bryant Jordan, the Senate struck a provision that would have created a pilot program to privatize some military commissary stores.

The upper chamber voted 70-28 in favor of an amendment to remove the privatization language from its version of the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA.

Before the vote, the senators pressed their colleagues to support the amendment to give the Defense Department more time to assess the effects and costs of the change. They cited a recent Pentagon report that concluded the program would hurt the purchasing power of military families and veterans.

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