Democratic appropriators in the House released a $706 billion DOD spending bill Tuesday – slightly lower than President Joe Biden’s request. Here are some of the highlights of the bill, based on a committee summary and the draft bill text:

  • 7% military pay raise
  • A requirement that defense contractors pay a $15 minimum wage
  • $75 million for the Defense Community Infrastructure Program, a $25 million increase over the administration’s request
  • Grant funding to help communities install military aviation mitigating insulation
  • $300 million for construction and repair of on-base schools
  • $15 million to study the health impact of PFAS-contaminated drinking water
  • $1 million for the Army to redesignate facilities and roads named after confederate leaders

The defense appropriations subcommittee marks the bill up Wednesday. The full committee will consider it July 13.

Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Arthurgwain L. Marquez