WASHINGTON – House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) and Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA) took the first legislative step this week to begin the process of crafting the FY 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), by introducing H.R. 5515, the “by request” version of the bill.
This procedural measure is traditionally the first step in the legislative process for the NDAA. The legislation filed this week does not reflect any substantive work by the Armed Services Committee. Rather, provisions contained in the bill reflect legislative proposals submitted by the Department of Defense. When the Committee meets to consider the FY19 NDAA, the content of H.R. 5515 will be struck and replaced with subcommittee and full committee proposals.