Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) said November 14 that the Senate will bring the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (S. 3254) to the floor by the end of the year. The $631.4 billion legislation includes a provision that would prohibit the Defense Department from producing or procuring biofuels if the cost exceeds the price of traditional fossil fuel, and prohibits the Pentagon from entering into a contract to plan, design, or construct a biofuel refinery unless it is specifically authorized to do so. The House passed its version of the bill (H.R. 4310) in May with similar restrictions.