The Defense Budget Receives another $37 Billion in Spending on Top of the Record $773 Billion Proposed
The House passed its version of the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, which sets policy for the Pentagon, by a vote of 329-101...
Today a bill was passed by the House of Representatives that opens the doors to an $800 Billion+ defense budget for 2023. The House passed its version of the National Defense Authorization Act which sets policy for the Pentagon by a vote of 329 to 101. Senate has yet to pass its version, but the Senate has already backed larger increases.
A conference will be held in the future for both chambers to decide the ultimate level. A compromised bill would come up for a vote in both chambers sometime in the next few months. The National Defense Authorization Act is watched by many industry interests due to the determining factors it brings surrounding purchases of ships and aircraft, pay increases for soldiers, and how to address geopolitical threats.
The act is also one of few pieces of legislation that is passed annually. This year, the House bill rebuked Biden’s policy on Turkey. An amendment has been approved now that restricts Biden’s ability to sell F-16 fighter jets to Turkey. Alongside this, the lawmakers who voted approved provisions to repeal the 2002 Iraq War authorization and raised militant pay by 4.6%. It also puts Biden’s executive order raising the minimum wage for federal contractors to $15/hr into law.
"On the whole, the National Defense Authorization Act exemplifies the basic fact that we spend far too much on military-first solutions and far too little on diplomacy and on human needs at home and around the globe."
Andy Levin, a leader of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said in his opinion of opposition to the increased Pentagon spending.