House passes $768 billion defense spending bill

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The House raised $768 billion. approved National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in a bipartisan 316-113 vote on Thursday for the 2022 fiscal year.

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why it matters: The annual bill, which authorizes the Pentagon’s spending levels and guides policy for the department, would require women to register for the military draft, among other provisions.

  • 135 Republicans joined 181 Democrats to pass the law.

Noteworthy: was the conservative House Freedom Caucus pulled up the law earlier this week, arguing that the Biden administration should be held accountable for America’s controversial withdrawal from Afghanistan.


Among other provisions, the 2022 NDAA:

  • Gives a 2.7% pay increase to US service members.
  • Establishes a $15 minimum wage for service and construction contracts.
  • Especially strengthens protection against foreign threats from the Communist Party of China.
  • Strengthens the US-Israel alliance.
  • Updates the Uniform Code of Military Justice to improve response to sexual harassment.
  • Allocate $500 million for Afghan resettlement.
  • Called on the Defense Department to accept accountability and provide compensation for the August 29 drone strike that killed at least 10 civilians in Kabul.
  • Ends a previous policy that prohibited the transfer of prisoners from a detention facility at Guantanamo Bay.

What will happen next: The Senate will pass its version of the bill, and is expected to iron out any differences with the House in the coming months.

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