The Senate Armed Services Committee will consider the Defense Authorization Act of 2016 (SA) for the F-22 Raptor, a $1.6 trillion fighter jet, before sending it to the full Senate for approval.
The committee is expected to take up the bill Tuesday morning.
The full Senate will have to vote on it by March 14.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., the chairman of the committee, said last month that the committee will have a difficult time passing a new law without a waiver, which would make the proposed F-37 the first military fighter that Congress has ever allowed to be produced without the waiver process.
A waiver would require congressional approval for the production of a new plane in a certain period of time, such as the next five years.
The waiver is only available if Congress is considering legislation to change the requirement.
Senators John McCain, R