The House passed the Annual Defense Bill 363-70. voted to pass on tuesday night, Authorizing funding of approximately $770 billion for defense and national security programs.
why it mattersThe National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) still has to be approved by the Senate, but passage of the House raises the possibility that the defense bill must pass through both houses of Congress before the end of the year.
- The final bill, negotiated by Democratic and Republican leaders in the House and Senate Armed Services committees, is expected to be introduced in the Senate next week.
What are we watchingThe bill includes provisions that address how sexual harassment and harassment in the military is dealt with.
- It removes the decision to prosecute crimes of sexual assault and related offenses from the military chain of command, but it will not remove all crimes from the chain of command.
- The bill also establishes a multi-year Afghanistan War Commission to investigate the 20-year conflict and US military withdrawal.
- It also authorizes a 2.7% pay increase for military service members, provides paid parental and bereavement leave and increases $50 million in aid to Ukrainian security forces.
NDAA Final Version It does not include the many controversial provisions that divide lawmakers.
- A notably absent provision required women to register for the draft and abolish two old war authorizations: the 1991 authority, which greenlit the Gulf War, and the 2002 measure, which led to the US invasion of Iraq and Saddam Hussein. was before it was dropped.