The House of Representatives passed a record-breaking $816.7 billion defense bill on Thursday, sending the legislation to the Senate for final approval.
The bill, which is known as the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), authorizes funding for the Department of Defense for the 2023 fiscal year. It includes a significant increase in military spending, as well as provisions to boost deterrence against China and Russia.
The NDAA passed by a vote of 329-101, with all but 10 Republicans voting in favor. The bill is expected to be approved by the Senate in the coming weeks.
One of the most significant provisions of the NDAA is a $25 billion increase in military spending. This will allow the Pentagon to purchase new weapons systems, upgrade its infrastructure, and train its troops.
The bill also includes provisions to boost deterrence against China and Russia. For example, it would authorize the development of new hypersonic weapons and increase funding for the Navy’s fleet of aircraft carriers.
In addition, the NDAA includes provisions to address the ongoing war in Ukraine. It would provide $13.6 billion in military aid to Ukraine, as well as $8.8 billion in humanitarian assistance.
The passage of the NDAA is a major victory for the Biden administration. The bill includes many of the priorities that the administration has been pushing for, such as increased military spending and a focus on deterrence.
The passage of the NDAA is also a sign of bipartisan support for the military. The bill passed with the support of all but 10 Republicans, which is a significant number.
The NDAA is a critical piece of legislation that will shape the future of the U.S. military. The bill’s passage is a major step forward for the Biden administration and a sign of bipartisan support for the military.
Here are some additional details about the NDAA:
- The bill includes a provision that would require the Pentagon to develop a plan to address the threat posed by hypersonic weapons.
- The bill would also increase funding for the development of artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies.
- The bill includes a provision that would make it easier for the Pentagon to fire employees who are found to have engaged in sexual misconduct.
The passage of the NDAA is a significant victory for the Biden administration and a sign of bipartisan support for the military. The bill’s passage will help to ensure that the U.S. military remains the strongest in the world.
President Biden: “I’m proud to see the House pass the National Defense Authorization Act, which will invest in our troops and our national security. This bill will help us keep our country safe and our military strong.”
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin: “The passage of the NDAA is a major victory for our troops and our national security. This bill will provide the resources our military needs to deter aggression and defend our country.”
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith: “The passage of the NDAA is a victory for the American people. This bill will ensure that our military is prepared to meet the threats of the 21st century.”