H.R. 7900 Prioritizes Investments in People, Technology, Allies, and PartnersWASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, today released his version of H.R. 7900, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23). The House Armed Services Committee will consider the Chairman’s mark on Wednesday, June 22, beginning at 10:00am ET.
“For over six decades, the NDAA has served the American people and their elected representatives in Congress as the primary legislative foundation for setting our country’s defense policies and priorities on a bipartisan basis,” Chairman Smith said. “This year’s NDAA brings together ideas from across the Armed Services Committee to strengthen U.S. national security by investing in the rich diversity of people who work to defend our country: service members and their families, civil servants across the Department of Defense, scientists and researchers, and the workers who power our defense industrial base. I am particularly proud that this year’s mark supports the highest pay raise for service members in decades, improves oversight for military family housing projects, and requires a report on a more fair and transparent way for the Department to calculate the basic allowance for housing.”
“Strategic competitors like Beijing and Moscow have threatened the security, freedom, and prosperity of people living around the world by seeking to erode the rules-based international order. This mark supports investments in the alliances and partnerships that the United States needs to help meet these challenges, including more than $6 billion in funding for the Pacific Deterrence Initiative and nearly $4 billion for the European Deterrence Initiative. The democratic values of the United States should inform our national security policies as both a strategic and moral imperative, which is why, among other things, the mark includes measures to address and mitigate civilian harm as a result of military operations. This mark will equip our country to meet its greatest national security challenges, and I look forward to its consideration before the full membership of our Committee.”
The text of the bill can be found here, and a summary can be found here.