House approves defense spending bill for $839 billion, exceeding Biden’s proposal
On Thursday, the House approved the Department of Defense’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year, including additional funding requested by President Joe Biden.
The lower house approved an $839 billion National Defense Authorization Act, $37 billion more than the president’s proposal, by a vote of 329 to 101.
The Armed Services Committee decided to add $45 billion to Biden’s initial proposal, but the Senate hasn’t yet ratified its version.
The plan gives the Pentagon about $808 billion, the Department of Energy about $30 billion, and other government agencies about $400 million.
House Armed Services Committee responds
“After months of hard work, negotiations, and vigorous debate the House has completed our work to pass the FY23 NDAA,” Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA), the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said in a statement.
“The annual defense bill serves as the legislative foundation for national security policymaking.
“The United States must meet global challenges with humility and in ways that live up to our values — that’s why this year’s bill includes a package of bold reforms to prevent and mitigate civilian harm in military operations.”
Thousands of proposed and discussed amendments were put to the vote by Democrats and Republicans.
The 2002 Iraq War authorization was repealed, a report on white supremacy and neo-Nazi activity was mandated, and a secure mechanism for reporting UFOs were all passed; others, such as the one that would have reversed the military’s requirement for the coronavirus vaccine, were unsuccessful.
“I am glad to see the FY23 NDAA pass the House with overwhelming bipartisan support,” Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL), the ranking member of the Armed Services Committee, said in a statement.
“However, our work is not done — we will continue to improve upon this bill in conference to ensure that this legislation gives our warfighters what they need.”