Annual Defense Bill Approved in House

Annual Defense Bill Approved in House

House Votes YES – They’re Giving the Green Light!

( – The US House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act for 2023 on July 14. The bill provides funding to the military and Department of Defense programs for the fiscal year, which runs from October 1 to September 30. It authorizes $840 billion in spending, more than President Joe Biden requested.

Representatives felt the proposed amount, which was $30 billion more than last year, wasn’t sufficient to account for inflation and stay on top of the threats from Russia and China. The act passed with a 329-101 vote. It was a bipartisan effort with some dissent from both sides; 62 Republicans and 39 Democrats voted nay.

Now, the Senate has to pass its version of the budget. Once that happens, both bills go into a conference committee to present a final proposal which will return to the House and the Senate for a final vote before heading to the president’s desk for his go-ahead.

The Senate Armed Services Committee likely won’t begin working on their act until September, according to chairman Senator Jack Reed (D-RI). There are other bills in front of it they need to get through first. He admitted the process introduces a time crunch but said they’ll get it done before the deadline.

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