It's now clear that Sen. Collins is holding out for a military authorization debate and amendments process that's in line with recent historical averages.
Why this imperative trumps everything else is unclear.
In any event, the junior senator's office says that over the last five years, an average of 14.4 amendments have been offered. But Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) is now on board for a process that includes fifteen amendments--ten of them from Republicans. So what's the problem?
Is Collins really holding out simply for a longer debate on the bill...on the grounds that longer is, in and of itself, better?
There's no obvious way to make her position make sense.