Stefanik: 'I was fighting for Fort Drum until 5 in the morning.'
U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, said her first experience with the process of a committee debating, amending and rewriting a major federal spending bill was surprising.
The House Armed Services Committee began "markup," as the process is called, of the National Defense Authorization Act at 10 a.m. Wednesday and continued through 5 a.m. Thursday, she said.
"I was fighting for Fort Drum until 5 in the morning. I was proud of it," she said, in a telephone interview on Thursday.
Stefanik said at one point she sent out for barbecue to keep her endurance up.
"We took a break for the joint session and we had a couple of votes," she said. "But otherwise we went straight through. That was a marathon markup session."