House Votes on Bipartisan Defense Bill

House Votes on Bipartisan Defense Bill

( – Every year, Congress passes a bill outlining the defense policy for the upcoming year. This year was no different, and while Democrats were unable to get the bill through with everything they wanted, it still includes a top line of $768.2 billion, a raise for military members, and military justice reform.

On Tuesday, December 7, the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) with a 363-70 vote. While 19 Republicans voted against the bill, 51 Democrats joined them in their opposition. The Hill shared the news as it broke:

The bill would raise basic military pay by 2.7% and establish an independent commission to investigate the US’ presence in Afghanistan and the chaotic withdrawal. Republicans, in particular, were happy at the removal of a provision requiring women to register for selective service, something many Progressives wanted. Lastly, GOP lawmakers praised the bill for including a provision requiring nothing less than an honorable discharge for military members who choose to separate from the service because they choose not to take the mandated COVID-19 vaccine.

The bill also includes $4 billion to counter Russia’s forceful moves in Eastern Europe and $7.1 billion to deter Chinese aggression near Taiwan. All in all, the House came to a decent compromise on this bill, but it won’t become law until after it passes through the Senate and makes it to President Joe Biden’s desk.

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