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.

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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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